By Lewis Shiner
While Michael follows his demise father to North Carolina, a life of lies starts to resolve. His pursuit of his father's past--haunted through voodoo, adultery and murder--takes him to a spot referred to as Hayti, as soon as the main wealthy black group within the South. Now the mysteries of Michael's personal historical past turn into a question of existence and dying, as racial conflicts slightly restricted because the Sixties erupt again.Rooted within the actual tale of the united states government's city renewal coverage and its disastrous aftermath, Black & White is a literary mystery, a family members saga, and a searing portrait of institutionalized hatred.
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It is, and I shouldn’t be so cynical about it. ” Michael saw the hint. “As am I. ” “That’s okay. ” She sounded like she meant it. ” She produced one from the chaos and held it out to him. Michael’s mouth was dry. ” he asked. The smile stretched one side of her mouth as she held his eyes, then slowly took the card and wrote a number on the bottom of it. “That’s my cell. ” “Do you ... ” she asked. “No,” Michael said. ” “That’s a complicated question. ” He took the card and put it in his jacket pocket.
Anyway, I asked Mr. Antree what he wanted us for, and he said we were going to pour some concrete. Now he had just woke me up, remember, so I didn’t have all my best manners in place, if you understand what I’m saying. ’ and I said, ‘Yes, sir,’ and that was that. “Now, Mr. Antree, he was what we used to call at the time a jive-ass white man, tried to act like he was black, and talk and dress that way too. The way he was talking that night was not his way, and for some reason that made me very afraid.
Antree is behind the wheel, and the Captain, your daddy, is in the passenger seat. The two of them look about the same as Leon did when he came down that ladder. “The mixer is turning, got a full load, and Mr. Antree backs it up toward the form. He’s so nervous he keeps backing into this cinderblock, and it’s too big for the mixer to back over, until finally he gets out the cab and throws the cinderblock off to one side. Throws it so hard it cracks, and that sound, that breaking sound, makes everybody freeze for a minute.
Black & White by Lewis Shiner