Black and white book review
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Black and White
Thank you! Marcus is black and Eddie white in a multicultural Long Island neighborhood. However, off the court they have decided to supplement their income by holding up strangers for money for senior activities and the latest athletic shoes. Consequences for everyone unfold and escalate in rapid-fire fashion. Hugely discussable. There was a problem adding your email address.
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Volponi's Rikers excellent novel has it all: authentic characters, a thought-provoking plot and heartbreaking drama. As Marcus says, they've gotten "past all that racial crap," but the novel makes it clear that the rest of society hasn't. Short on cash, the boys stick up a few strangers using Eddie's grandfather's gun, which accidentally discharges during their third robbery, grazing an African-American man's head. In alternating first-person narratives, the two describe the aftermath of the events. Marcus is arrested first because the victim recognizes him as a passenger on the public bus he drives.