From one of our most admired fiction writers comes the
searing story of breakdown and recovery in the life of one man and of a society
moving from one idea of itself to another.
Keith—born in England in the early 1960s to immigrant West
Indian parents but primarily raised by his white stepmother—is a social worker
heading a Race Equality unit in London whose life has come undone. He is
separated from his wife of twenty years, kept at arm’s length by his teenage
son, estranged from his father, and accused of harassment by a coworker. And
beneath it all, he has a desperate feeling that his work—even his life—is no
Deeply moving in its portrayal of the vagaries of family love and bold
in its scrutiny of the personal politics of race, this is Caryl Phillips’ most
powerful novel yet.
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