Louisiana Black: A Novel

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Frank Lewis, a complacent, middle-class Black, is roused to action when he recognizes a photograph of a lynched Black man in his son's history book as that of his father

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When Frank Lewis, a black, middle-aged office worker in New Jersey, comes across an old picture of a lynching in a black history book, he is appalled, never having given much thought to his people's past. His shock multiplies ten-fold when he learns that the lynched man was his father. Reeling from this discovery, Lewis goes down to his family's former hometown in Louisiana with a vaguely articulated plan for exacting revenge from one of the members of the lynch mob. The novel's premise is a good one, an elegant way to encapsulate some of the problems of race in America, but Charters never communicates any real passion or anger, and toward the end the narrative drive eases down to a slow Southern amble. Without the requisite tension, the characters tend to become more symbolic than real.
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Frank Lewis is a complacent middle-class black until a photograph of a 1937 Louisiana lynching provokes in him a shock of recognition. Confronting his mother with the picture, he discovers that the victim whom he thought he recognized was indeed his father, about whom he knew little. Lewis travels to the South to identify and confront the gloating whites in the picture, but he finds that people in the New South are complicated and that he cannot purge his anger by a simple act of vengeance. Although Louisiana Black begins slowly and involves too much telling and not enough showing, it is a provocative story that slowly pulls the reader in. For larger fiction collections. Janet Boyarin Blundell, M.L.S., Wanamassa, N.J.
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