By Jennifer Reese
Updated November 02, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Them

type
  • Book

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+

Them

type
  • Book
genre
author
  • Francine du Plessix Gray
publisher
  • Penguin

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