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Tomb of the Unknown Racist: A Novel (2019. Auflage)

von Blanche McCary Boyd (Autor)

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When Tomb of the Unknown Racist opens in 1999, Ellen--now sober, haunted by her activist past, her failed relationships--is peacefully taking care of her demented mother in South Carolina. Ellen's brother, Royce, was a celebrated novelist who, a decade earlier, saw his work adopted by racists and fell under the sway of white supremacy. Ellen thought him dead from a botched FBI raid on his compound. But when his estranged daughter turns up on the news claiming he might be responsible for kidnapping her two mixed-race children, Ellen travels to New Mexico to help her newfound niece. The book chronicles Ellen's search for Royce, her descent into the dark abyss of the simmering race war in the country, and the confrontation that occurs when she learns the truth about her family's past.… (mehr)
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Titel:Tomb of the Unknown Racist: A Novel
Autoren:Blanche McCary Boyd (Autor)
Info:Counterpoint (2019), Edition: Reprint, 288 pages
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Picked this up because of the title and the jacket description. Was totally into it until the last 1/3 of the book where I became lost as to what was the meaning behind this story. Where was it going? And then it ended so abruptly. Still not sure how I feel about it... ( )
  andsoitgoes | Jan 30, 2019 |
DNF at page 86

Tomb of the Unknown Racist lost my interest and fell short of my expectations. I was promised quirky characters, but they seemed just like everyone around me.** It would tantalizingly veer toward some sort of deep sociopolitical thought but then amble awkwardly right past it. I got the impression it was supposed to be a sort of mystery aspect yet I never once felt intrigued.

**I do live in Asheville, NC, so possibly the characters are weird as fuck. They wouldn't cause any raised eyebrows here though. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Nov 21, 2018 |
I hadn't read Boyd since her Mourning The Death of Magic back in 1977 (!) and picked this one up because I remembered the earlier novel, and also - who could resist such a title? Turned out to be very worth while, and that this is the third in a series of stories about Ellen Burns. A lesbian who sleeps with men, and with anyone appealing who crosses her path, she's a supercharged libido-driven fascinating woman, who would have been termed a "good broad" back in the Rat Pack days. Here, she finds out that her brother's daughter has murdered her two children, and that her brother, a white supremacist tied in with Timothy McVeigh's cohorts, is still alive twenty years he was thought to have died in a fire similar to the Branch Davidian episode. There's a lot of good factual information about these terrorists, and a painful and powerful exploration of the impact of these beliefs on the country and on Ellen's family. The mystery, and the challenges to Ellen's longtime sobriety that result, makes for an excellent and thoughtful read. ( )
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When Tomb of the Unknown Racist opens in 1999, Ellen--now sober, haunted by her activist past, her failed relationships--is peacefully taking care of her demented mother in South Carolina. Ellen's brother, Royce, was a celebrated novelist who, a decade earlier, saw his work adopted by racists and fell under the sway of white supremacy. Ellen thought him dead from a botched FBI raid on his compound. But when his estranged daughter turns up on the news claiming he might be responsible for kidnapping her two mixed-race children, Ellen travels to New Mexico to help her newfound niece. The book chronicles Ellen's search for Royce, her descent into the dark abyss of the simmering race war in the country, and the confrontation that occurs when she learns the truth about her family's past.

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