On his first night in his new home, Warren spies two figures in the grass outside; when he screws up the nerve to confront them, they disappear. The next day he encounters ghosts of a different kind: In the face of the teenage girl he meets at a comics convention, he sees the mingled features of his white father and his black mother, both now dead. The girl is his daughter, and she thinks she's white.
Warren sets off to remake his life with a reluctant daughter he never knew and a haunted house and history he knows too well. In their search for a new life, they struggle with an unwanted house and its ghosts, fall in with a utopian mixed-race cult, and inspire a riot on Loving Day, the unsung holiday that celebrates interracial love.
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This book has a great narrator who is perfectly matched to the first person narrative. His excellent interpretation is probably the only reason I finished the book rather than returning it quickly.
The character seemed more like stereotypes than people and the
situations and their responses never rang true for me. Emily Bazelon recommended this book on a podcast and I will ignore her literary suggestions in the future.
The supernatural part was weak and not essential to the story. Tanya and George's story was left dangling.
Living in the city being referenced in the story bought it to life for me. The story unfolded around me. I would stop to mentally see the places. nice kob.
Slight premise related in a simplistic, tedious plot.
What more can one say about a "Slight premise related in a simplistic, tedious plot."
The reading was well done
I wanted to like this book more than I did. Loving Day is a satire about personal and public views of multiracial identity. I wish the characters had more to their stories than their attitudes about being black and/or white, their failed or struggling relationships, and some Scooby Doo-style antics. The plot frustrated me, but I did enjoy Johnson's writing style and humor.
Although the emphasis on race felt claustrophobic at times, it was interesting to hear one perspective on being multiracial and being misperceived or forced to choose sides by others (even if those others are often caricatures). I know it's not fair to expect a book about multiracial identity to reflect everyone's experience in that broad domain, but I was still a bit disappointed that the story's focus only on the black/white multiracial experience and the total absence of happy interracial marriages left my family out.
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