Publish date: February 6th 2008
Pages no: 136
Edition language: English
What to say about this novel? Besides the fact that everyone should read it?Based on a true story (more than one), this novel relates the work of an African-American reporter who is able to pass as white, allowing him to go undercover at lynchings. Johnson deals deftly with the issue. What moves the...
I have to admit that I wasn't sure this would be a hit for me - the murder mystery is not always my cup of tea. But reading the author's introduction, detailing his life as a "black boy who could pass for white", and learning how much that influenced the writing of this novel, I was intrigued. And t...
What I truly enjoyed about this book was how the illustrator managed to erase all that divided the characters. The book is in black and white and all of the characters were rendered in the same manner such that the reader cannot tell the ethnicity of the characters except for the text telling them.
The author was inspired to write this story after reading about NAACP leader Walter White posing as a white man and going undercover in the early 20th century to investigate lynchings in the deep south. It's a disturbing, painful, and sometimes funny story.