Loving Day

Loving Day

A Novel

Book - 2015
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When Warren Duffy, the light-skinned son of a black mother and a white father, who has always considered himself black, returns to his family home in the Philadelphia suburb of Germantown, he discovers that he has a teenage daughter, Tal, from a brief high-school fling. Tal, unlike Warren, embraces her biracial status. Warren's efforts to placate Tal without sacrificing his own convictions concerning race pit him between friends who see the world (as he does) in terms of black and white, and the more militant members of Tal's "Mulattopian" fringe who treat any challenge to their beliefs as a racist affront.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, ©2015
ISBN: 9780812993455
Branch Call Number: JOHNSON
Characteristics: 287 pages ; 25 cm


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May 03, 2018

This book started off good. It was very interesting to read the perspective and thoughts of a biracial person in American. However, it got very weird in the middle and spiraled from there...until the end, which left me wondering "what did I just read".

Jun 15, 2016

This novel is almost completely without plot. It does have some funny bits, and has something to say about identity, but it is so long that by the end I felt I had wasted my time reading it.

May 28, 2015

In Loving Day, the satirical/socio-political ideas never gets crowded out or soggy. Johnson is funny and his humor is imaginative but also biting and shrewd. It isn’t an exaggeration to say that he channels Mark Twain in the kind of keen observations about human foibles that he makes. Very few contemporary writers can make the kind of personal disasters or tragedies that his characters go through with such humanity and feeling. And no one, I daresay, writes about race with such simultaneous depth and lightness.

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