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We Cast a Shadow
We Cast a Shadow: A Novel | Maurice Carlos Ruffin
A bold, provocative debut for fans of Get Out and Paul Beatty's The Sellout, about a father who will do anything to protect his son--even if it means turning him white. In a near-future Southern city, everyone is talking about a new experimental medical procedure that boasts unprecedented success rates. In a society plagued by racism, segregation, and private prisons, this operation saves lives with a controversial method--by turning people white. Like any father, our unnamed narrator just wants the best for his son Nigel, a biracial boy whose black birthmark is getting bigger by the day. But in order to afford Nigel's whiteness operation, our narrator must make partner as one of the few black associates at his law firm, jumping through a series of increasingly absurd hoops--from diversity committees to plantation tours to equality activist groups--in a tragicomic quest to protect his son. This electrifying, suspenseful novel is at once a razor-sharp satire of surviving racism in America and a profoundly moving family story. In the tradition ofRalph Ellison's Invisible Man, We Cast a Shadow fearlessly shines a light on the violence we inherit, and on the desperate things we do for the ones we love.
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Butterflyamore
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I went to our favorite little bookstore specifically for We Cast a Shadow and I accidentally left with Dear Wife, too. That kind of thing happens to everyone, right?

crazyspine So pretty 1mo
marleed To everyone! 1mo
Ruthiella The best kind of accident!😂 1mo
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Plaidsticks
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Pickpick

An awesome and extremely uncomfortable satirical read.

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Plaidsticks
We Cast a Shadow: A Novel | Maurice Carlos Ruffin

“Yes, the Founders has meant that all men were created equal, but they failed to include an index of defined terms. ...”

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Plaidsticks
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“Yes, the Founders has meant that all men were created equal, but they failed to include an index of defined terms. ...”

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Well-ReadNeck
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Panpan

Satire is a tough thing to pull off. I had trouble with this one. I listened on audiobook because I think satire translates better that way. But, the further into the story and the more outrageous the story, the less I enjoyed it. #audiobook

kgriffith Reviews like this always make me kindof wish for a “boo” react because it feels wrong to heart a post when what I really want to say is, “ugh, that sucks” 🙃 3mo
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collegecatlady
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This novel compelled me to write a full-length review on my blog. I've very much neglected this blog for the past year while I was finishing my MA degree but I'm back! Check it out if you're so inclined and pick up this book today!!

https://wanderingsofaliterarycolor.blogspot.com/

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collegecatlady
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This satirical journey through an unnamed narrator‘s version of his life is heartbreaking and uncomfortably funny at the same time. In a world where black characters crave a medical process called “demelanization,” our narrator begins to force his desire for his son to undertake the procedure. This novel is timely and exactly what everyone needs to be reading. I‘m sorry, but if you rated this badly, you definitely didn‘t get its levels of nuance.

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collegecatlady
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I‘m not sure what this dedication means but I‘m here for it 📖

Soubhiville 😂🤣😂 4mo
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Owlizabeth
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Today‘s #library haul...

Julz422 I went to the library today toooo #summer 5mo
Owlizabeth @Julz422 👯‍♀️ 5mo
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SW-T
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Mehso-so

I liked the themes that were covered, but the writing style itself wasn‘t my thing. The narrator had a lot of self loathing and pride mixed together but seeing the disfunctional dystopian society around him, it was understandable. That said, while the style wasn‘t my thing, I cared enough to see how things ended.

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lauralovesbooks1
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This reading experience is going to stick with me. The narrator just wants what he perceives to be the best for his son - and pursues a new medical process, demelaninization, that will make his son white. It's a chilling satire with razor sharp writing - highly recommend.

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Dwan
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Delicious prose and setting, biting satire. This book deserves the accolades it's been given!

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britt_brooke
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️ This book is described as racial satire set in the near-future American south (Perhaps Trump‘s second term? That‘s a joke ... on many levels). The basis of the unnamed narrator‘s radical behavior is the idea of “demelanization,” a process which makes skin appear whiter thereby avoiding racial persecution. It‘s an intriguing idea for a story, but there‘s a lot going on here. Gorgeous cover, undesirable execution.

Reviewsbylola I agree, great cover! The premise sounds intriguing but I‘ll have to pass. 8mo
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola Good choice. 😬 8mo
Tamra Shoot! I was looking forward to it since it had an intriguing premise. 8mo
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Suet624 That‘s an interesting idea. 8mo
britt_brooke @Tamra @Suet624 It‘s such an interesting idea, but it lacked effective execution, IMO. 8mo
Angitron I didn‘t love this one either. Struggled to get through it and, like you say, a great idea with poor execution. 8mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Mehso-so

A world not too different from our own, with slightly different race issues. There is a surgery that changes how people look. One guy deals with work and his wife and son and how they all view themselves and others.

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britt_brooke
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Trying to grab a couple of chapters while my 5 year old has swim class, but these two other moms sat super close to me and won‘t be quiet and I can‘t tune them out. 😬😆 #booknerdproblems

saresmoore I feel your pain. 8mo
wordzie 😒 8mo
Tamra Yep 8mo
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squirrelbrain Give them a ‘Paddington hard stare‘ - that‘s what I‘d do! 🤣 8mo
britt_brooke @squirrelbrain I might‘ve done that. 😆 8mo
wordzie We are here for you. 8mo
britt_brooke @wordzie 😚😚 8mo
Maygm 😂 8mo
Leftcoastzen The worst 8mo
Leftcoastzen Well maybe not,the worst is when I hold my book right up to my face and the stranger next to me on the plane keeps yapping. 8mo
britt_brooke @Leftcoastzen 😆😆😆 8mo
Coleen Gah! Respect the book. 8mo
britt_brooke @Coleen Right?! There were other spots they could‘ve sat. I almost moved but didn‘t want to look too bitchy. 8mo
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shaynarae
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This was a relatively quick, easy read, but it didn‘t quite draw me in like I had hoped it would. (The last 2 books I read were hard acts to follow.) However, it was an interesting take on familial and cultural race relations in a near-future American society. This story will continue to sit with me.

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Nickinpa
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This was a mixed bag for me. The tale is told in 4 parts and I really did not like the first two parts which were 200 pages of a 320 page book. The pacing and story for me vastly improved in the last 2 parts of the book so at least it ended on a positive and more hopeful note. Satire isn‘t really my jam but I enjoyed Black No More by George Schuyler more.

Cedricsmom Black No More was funny. I think there‘s a bit of a trend in these books right now but I doubt they have anything new to say. Black No More hit the highlights. 9mo
Nickinpa Definitely! I totally agree! 9mo
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Nickinpa
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Slowly making my way through We Cast A Shadow, lighting my #treeoflife candle and taking a moment to enjoy English daffodils from Trader Joe‘s.

Crazeedi I can't wait to see the daffodils growing in my garden!!! Beautiful!😊 9mo
zsuzsanna_reads @Crazeedi My first crocus was out yesterday in Southern England! 😊 9mo
Crazeedi @zsuzsanna_reads awesome! It'll be another month before I see a crocus, western PA USA 9mo
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razmanda
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An incisive, searing satire set in a future post-post-racial America where a Black man risks his very soul to try to save his son from being Black in this country. Really, really powerful and all too realistic. #readingblackout #onceyougoblackout

ChasingOm This is on hold for me at the library — I‘m going to pick it up tomorrow! 9mo
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Angitron
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Mehso-so

For some reason, this was confusing to me. Things happened that didn‘t seem central to the plot, it felt disjointed, and the middle lagged. The main story - a satire about a black man trying to save enough money for an operation that will make his son look Caucasian - felt lost in the shuffle. There were moments of clarity, so it wasn‘t a total miss for me, but yeah...it‘s a strange book! I think it might have worked better as a short story.

Nickinpa I‘m reading this one now and it‘s a struggle. I‘m trying not to DNF. On page 154 and not liking it, not even a little bit. 9mo
Angitron @Nickinpa I felt the same way - it is a struggle, isn‘t it? And I can‘t say that it gets much better as you go further along. I‘m glad I read it, in the sense that I was exposed to a new author. But yeah... 9mo
Nickinpa @Angitron I finished and felt that 3rd and 4th parts were vastly better than the first two parts. I liked Black No More by George Schuyler much better. Still We Cast a Shadow was a meh read for me. (edited) 9mo
Angitron @Nickinpa I agree! It‘s too bad that it took so long to get more momentum. Thanks for the Schuyler recommendation - I‘ll check it out! 😊 9mo
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sophierayton
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Mehso-so

This is one of those books that is difficult for me to rate. Personally, I didn't 'like' it. Some books deal with hard topics, make you uncomfortable, break your heart in all the right ways and at the end you say "that was amazing!" For me, this book dealt with hard topics, made me feel uncomfortable and then left me feeling creeped out. Certainly, the writer provoked an emotional response (so he must be doing something right) just not a good one.

TheLibrarian Great review! 9mo
Nickinpa I‘m reading this one now and it‘s a struggle. I‘m trying not to DNF. On page 154 and not liking it, not even a little bit. 9mo
sophierayton Yep. I'm a supporter of DNF-ing when you've had enough of a book - for me life's too short to read 'bad' books. Perhaps they'll make it into a movie and you can catch the ending that way, or just Google spoilers. I'll be watching for your review to see what you decided x 9mo
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Liberty
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IT‘S NEW BOOK DAY! Here are some of today‘s new books! And there‘s a whole bunch more out now, including a couple I‘m really excited about but don‘t have physical copies to show you, including DREYER‘S ENGLISH by Benjamin Dreyer, which is a MUST for anyone who likes to read and write. What are you excited about? 📚❤️📚

TheBookStacker Excited for King Of Scars!!!! 9mo
Crazeedi What do I do??? So many books, so little time!🙃 9mo
gradcat Excited for several of these...😊 9mo
kellyann28 Translates books make me a bit nervous but this looks good! 9mo
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kate_reads
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I‘d like to thank this pesky thing called life that‘s getting in the way of me finishing this fantastic book

JennyM That cover 🤩 12mo
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Liberty
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Awww yesssssssss! I have been coveting this gorgeous cover the past week, seen on the Instagram feeds of several writers I admire. And now it‘s here! 🖤

Tonton Marvelous cover! 1y
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