Angry Black White Boy

Angry Black White Boy

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By (author) Adam Mansbach

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 203mm x 28mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 8 March 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1400054877
  • ISBN 13: 9781400054879
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 522,022

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From the acclaimed author of "Shackling Water" comes the first great race novel of the twenty-first century, an incendiary and ruthlessly funny satire about violence, pop culture, and American identity. Macon Detornay is a suburban white boy possessed and politicized by black culture, and filled with rage toward white America. After moving to New York City for college, Macon begins robbing white passengers in his taxicab, setting off a manhunt for the black man presumed to be committing the crimes. When his true identity is revealed, Macon finds himself to be a celebrity and makes use of the spotlight to hold forth on the evils and invisibility of whiteness. Soon he launches the Race Traitor Project, a stress-addled collective that attracts guilty liberals, wannabe gangstas, and bandwagon riders from all over the country to participate in a Day of Apology--a day set aside for white people to make amends for four hundred years of oppression. The Day of Apology pushes New York City over the edge into an epic riot, forcing Macon to confront the depth of his own commitment to the struggle. Peopled with all manner of race pimps and players, "Angry Black White Boy" is a stunning breakout book from a critically acclaimed young writer and should be required reading for anyone who wants to get under the skin of the complexities of identity in America.

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Adam Mansbach is the author of the novel "Shackling Water" and the poetry collection "genius b-boy cynics getting weeded in the garden of delights."

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"A remarkably successful remix of the traditional race novel. Mansbach monkey-wrenches the formula of the angry black man in the white man's world and incisively cuts to the heart of the issue of race in America today. [Angry Black White Boy] shows us where we as a culture have come from, the distance we have traveled, and how long the road ahead remains. It is first-rate satire grounded in the absurd notion that a simple 'I'm sorry' can start to make things better. The novel will make you laugh, cringe and read until the last page without knowing how it's going to end. It is difficult to imagine a more appropriate conclusion for the story of Macon Detornay, as the uncertainty of fiction dovetails with the uncertainty of reality." --"San Francisco Chronicle" ""Angry Black White Boy" is bananas! Actually, it's a banana split with razor blades in it. Adam Mansbach is the white Richard Wright, and "Angry Black White Boy" is our generation's Native Son." --William Upski Wimsatt, author of "No More Prisons" "Startling, subversive, and raucous, "Angry Black White Boy" is a novel about how we became who we are, and why that's not good enough." --Daniel Alarcon, author of "War by Candlelight" "With this brutal, hilarious, and tragic novel, Adam Mansbach proves once again he is one of the most ambitious, insightful, and daring writers of our generation." --Jeff Chang, author of "Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation" ""Angry Black White Boy" is full of hilariously twisted racial politics. Adam Mansbach is like a wigger Ishmael Reed running wild through the world of hip hop." --Toure, author of" Soul City ""An insanely smart novel that pulls nopunches . . . wild, comic, and dark." --Percival Everett, author of "Erasure"

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From the acclaimed author of "Shackling Water comes the first great race novel of the twenty-first century, an incendiary and ruthlessly funny satire about violence, pop culture, and American identity. Macon Detornay is a suburban white boy possessed and politicized by black culture, and filled with rage toward white America. After moving to New York City for college, Macon begins robbing white passengers in his taxicab, setting off a manhunt for the black man presumed to be committing the crimes. When his true identity is revealed, Macon finds himself to be a celebrity and makes use of the spotlight to hold forth on the evils and invisibility of whiteness. Soon he launches the Race Traitor Project, a stress-addled collective that attracts guilty liberals, wannabe gangstas, and bandwagon riders from all over the country to participate in a Day of Apology--a day set aside for white people to make amends for four hundred years of oppression. The Day of Apology pushes New York City over the edge into an epic riot, forcing Macon to confront the depth of his own commitment to the struggle. Peopled with all manner of race pimps and players, "Angry Black White Boy is a stunning breakout book from a critically acclaimed young writer and should be required reading for anyone who wants to get under the skin of the complexities of identity in America.