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We Love You, Charlie Freeman (Reprint) (Paperback) (Kaitlyn Greenidge)

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“Kaitlyn Greenidge’s debut novel slips a very skillful knife under the skin of American life. This is a story about family, about language, about history and its profound echoes.” —Colum McCann Frustrated by the limitations of cross-race communication in her predominantly white town, Laurel, a young African American girl, teaches herself to sign--a skill she later imparts to her two daughters. This ability eventually leads Laurel to uproot her husband and daughters from their overeducated and underpaid life in the South End of Boston for the bucolic Massachusetts countryside, where the Freemans are to take part in an experiment. They’ve been hired by a private research institute to teach sign language to a chimpanzee who will live as part of their family. Narrated primarily by Laurel’s teenage daughter, Charlotte, the story goes back in time to the founding of the institute, in the 1920s, revealing shocking past experiments. This “important debut from an important writer”* is ultimately an exploration of language, race, and history. “This is an allegory that pays tribute to Ellison, to Morrison, to Wideman and Doctorow, and it is every bit as necessary and provocative as Colson Whitehead’sThe Intuitionist.” —Colum McCann “Kaitlyn Greenidge’s debut novel reminds us that it is an exciting time to be reading fiction.We Love You, Charlie Freeman is a masterful meditation on race, anthropology, history, and the hurly-burly complications of family. Greenidge’s prose is incisive, clever, resounding with a deep intelligence.”—*Bill Cheng, author of Southern Cross the Dog “Disturbing and deeply thoughtful . . . Through various points of views and perspectives we move through a telling of how we come to understand or misunderstand our most intimate human elements within the racialized and gendered culture we live in.”—Tiphanie Yanique, author of Land of Love and Drowning
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 341.0
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Workman Pub Co
Author: Kaitlyn Greenidge
Language: English
Street Date: January 31, 2017
TCIN: 52111518
UPC: 9781616206444
Item Number (DPCI): 248-41-5275

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