A particular kind of Black man

by Folarin, Tope, 1981-

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 11 Libraries 11 of 11 copies
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An NPR Best Book of 2019

A New York Times , Washington Post , Telegraph , and BBC' s most anticipated book of August 2019

One of Time' s 32 Books You Need to Read This Summer

A stunning debut novel, from Rhodes Scholar and winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, Tope Folarin about a Nigerian family living in Utah and their uncomfortable assimilation to American life.

Living in small-town Utah has always been an uneasy fit for Tunde Akinola's family, especially for his Nigeria-born parents. Though Tunde speaks English with a Midwestern accent, he can't escape the children who rub his skin and ask why the black won't come off. As he struggles to fit in and find his place in the world, he finds little solace from his parents who are grappling with their own issues.

Tunde's father, ever the optimist, works tirelessly chasing his American dream while his wife, lonely in Utah without family and friends, sinks deeper into schizophrenia. Then one otherwise-ordinary morning, Tunde's mother wakes him with a hug, bundles him and his baby brother into the car, and takes them away from the only home they've ever known.

But running away doesn't bring her, or her children, any relief from the demons that plague her; once Tunde's father tracks them down, she flees to Nigeria, and Tunde never feels at home again. He spends the rest of his childhood and young adulthood searching for connection--to the wary stepmother and stepbrothers he gains when his father remarries; to the Utah residents who mock his father's accent; to evangelical religion; to his Texas middle school's crowd of African-Americans; to the fraternity brothers of his historically black college. In so doing, he discovers something that sends him on a journey away from everything he has known.

Sweeping, stirring, and perspective-shifting, A Particular Kind of Black Man is a beautiful and poignant exploration of the meaning of memory, manhood, home, and identity as seen through the eyes of a first-generation Nigerian-American.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Being Black in America is difficult enough. But Tunde Akinola is crushed by the weight of his additional burdens: being the son of a Nigerian immigrant, his father's own challenges of navigating America with black skin, and worst of all, his mother's schizophrenia. Growing up in white Utah, Tunde and his younger brother, Tayo, are disoriented enough by their Blackness, but when mental illness makes their mother a stranger, Tunde is completely at sea. That confused time creates a lasting traumatic impression on Tunde, who holds on to his fractured family as Dad tries to make a living from a peripatetic life of trying and shedding new careers like second skins. Nigerian American Rhodes Scholar and Caine Prize-winning first novelist Folarin delivers a remarkably mature narrator, who must make peace with his past and navigate racial realities in the U.S. He wrestles with the shadows cast by both home-brewed racism and vestiges of colonialism imported from Nigeria. As Tunde achingly admits, This was my main problem. I had no idea how to be black. I mean, I was black, I am black, I can't change that, but I had no idea how to be a black American. An African American. --Poornima Apte Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Folarin's tender, cunning debut begins as a realistic story of a boy coming of age in Utah in the 1980s, then slides into a subtle meditation on the unreliability of memory. Tunde, the older son of parents who emigrated from Nigeria, who is five years old when the novel opens, lives in a small town in Northern Utah where he is made to feel like an outsider. His hard-working father is frustrated because he can't hold a job equal to his abilities, and his mentally ill mother frequently breaks down and physically abuses Tunde. When she leaves the family and returns home, Tunde's father goes to Nigeria and brings back a "new mom," who has two children of her own whom she prefers to her stepchildren. After a move to Texas, the narrator is accepted by Morehouse College, where he realizes to his alarm that he is experiencing "double memories" and is seeing "things I could have done as if I had done them," which causes him to re-write the version of the past by which the reader has come to know him. Only when he visits Nigeria does "reality click into place." Folarin pulls off the crafty trick of simultaneously bringing scenes to sharp life and undercutting their reliability, and evokes the complexities of life as a second-generation African-American in simple, vivid prose. Foralin's debut is canny and electrifying. Agent: Maria Massie, Massie & McQuilkin. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Nigerian Americans -- Fiction.
Children of immigrants -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2019
Edition First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Language English
Description 261 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781501171819
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