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Green: A Novel

Green: A Novel

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Author: Graham-Felsen, Sam

Brand: Random House Trade Paperbacks

Color: Multicolor

Edition: Reprint

Number Of Pages: 336

Release Date: 06-11-2018

Details: Product Description A coming-of-age novel about race, privilege, and the struggle to rise in America, written by a former Obama campaign staffer and propelled by an exuberant, unforgettable narrator.  “A riot of language that’s part hip-hop, part nerd boy, and part pure imagination.”—The Boston Globe Boston, 1992. David Greenfeld is one of the few white kids at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Middle School. Everybody clowns him, girls ignore him, and his hippie parents won’t even buy him a pair of Nikes, let alone transfer him to a private school. Unless he tests into the city’s best public high school—which, if practice tests are any indication, isn’t likely—he’ll be friendless for the foreseeable future. Nobody’s more surprised than Dave when Marlon Wellings sticks up for him in the school cafeteria. Mar’s a loner from the public housing project on the corner of Dave’s own gentrifying block, and he confounds Dave’s assumptions about black culture: He’s nerdy and neurotic, a Celtics obsessive whose favorite player is the gawky, white Larry Bird. Before long, Mar’s coming over to Dave’s house every afternoon to watch vintage basketball tapes and plot their hustle to Harvard. But as Dave welcomes his new best friend into his world, he realizes how little he knows about Mar’s. Cracks gradually form in their relationship, and Dave starts to become aware of the breaks he’s been given—and that Mar has not. Infectiously funny about the highs and lows of adolescence, and sharply honest in the face of injustice, Sam Graham-Felsen’s debut is a wildly original take on the American dream. Praise for Green “Prickly and compelling . . . Graham-Felsen lets boys be boys: messy-brained, impulsive, goatish, self-centered, outwardly gutsy but often inwardly terrified.” —The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice) “A coming-of-age tale of uncommon sweetness and feeling.” —The New Yorker “A fierce and brilliant book, comic, poignant, perfectly observed, and blazing with all the urgent fears and longings of adolescence.” —Helen Macdonald, author of H Is for Hawk “A heartfelt and unassumingly ambitious book.” —Slate Review “A comically geeky coming-of-age story that brims with anxiety, resentment, and a surplus of compassion . . . a riot of language that’s part hip-hop, part nerd boy, and part pure imagination . . .  Green earns . . . a spot on the continuum of vernacular in the American literary tradition, from  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to  The Catcher in the Rye.” —The Boston Globe “Prickly and compelling . . . [Sam] Graham-Felsen lets boys be boys: messy-brained, impulsive, goatish, self-centered, outwardly gutsy but often inwardly terrified.” —The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice) “A coming-of-age tale of uncommon sweetness and feeling.” —The New Yorker “A fierce and brilliant book, comic, poignant, perfectly observed, and blazing with all the urgent fears and longings of adolescence.” —Helen Macdonald, author of H Is for Hawk “A heartfelt and unassumingly ambitious book.” —Slate “Sam Graham-Felsen achieves an extraordinary balancing act, creating a poignant and convincing coming-of-age story while at the same time reflecting much larger themes about race and the country’s changing social landscape.” —Jewish Book Council “Wry and moving.” —Shelf Awareness “One of the most original voices you’ll read this year.” —Southern Living “Superb . . . a memorable first novel . . . [ Green is replete with] wonderful characters, fully realized and multidimensional.” —Booklist (starred review) “[ Green] poignantly captures the tumultuous feelings of adolescence against the historical backdrop of a racially segregated city and country.” —Library Journal “[A] subtly humorous, surprisingly touching coming-of-age narrative . . . a memorable and moving portrayal of a complicated but deep friendship that just might survive the weight placed on it.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) “Astounding . . . I’ve r

EAN: 9780399591167

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

Item Condition: UsedLikeNew