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Them

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Them

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Francine du Plessix Gray
publisher:
Penguin
genre:
Nonfiction, Memoir

We gave it a B+

Nathan McCall’s deadpan satire, Them, delves into tensions arising when white urban ”pioneers” move to a historically black Atlanta neighborhood. After a hard week’s work, Barlowe Reed likes to kick back with a good book and a six-pack, or head to the local mini-mart to play checkers. Then, Sandy and Sean Gilmore appear: ”Whities! Right next door!” The mini-mart is soon replaced by Cafe Latte, fences go up, and neighborhood drunks vanish. ”You just a silly white girl lookin for somethin interestin to do,” Barlowe tells Sandy, though he knows there’s more to her than that. With mingled amusement and sorrow, McCall deftly captures the foibles and fears of both races. B+