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Author: Mat Johnson Narrator: J. D. Jackson Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9781622316472
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “The politics of his own racial mix is a topic [Johnson has] written about with discernment and a rumbling wit…Loving Day is about being blackish in America, a subject about which Mr. Johnson has emerged as satirist, historian, spy, social media trickster (follow him on Twitter) and demon-fingered blues guitarist…Johnson, at his best, is a powerful comic observer; his punches land…[He’s] a gifted writer, always worth reading on the topics of race and privilege…I loved and will never forget Warren’s definition of what a daughter is: ‘A man’s daughter is his heart. Just with feet, walking out in the world.’”

    New York Times

  • “Incisive…razor-sharp…Loving Day is that rare mélange: cerebral comedy with pathos. The vitality of our narrator deserves much of the credit for that. He has the neurotic bawdiness of Philip Roth’s Alexander Portnoy; the keen, caustic eye of Bob Jones in Chester Himes’s If He Hollers Let Him Go; the existential insight of Ellison’s Invisible Man.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Exceptional…To say that Loving Day is a book about race is like saying Moby Dick is a book about whales…[Mat Johnson’s] unrelenting examination of blackness, whiteness, and everything in between is handled with ruthless candor and riotous humor…Even when the novel’s family strife and racial politics are at peak intensity, Johnson’s comic timing is impeccable…Until we are able to have the kind of frank and open conversations about race that are commonplace in Loving Day but rare in the real world, the myth of a post-racial society will remain a comic book fantasy.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Giddy, biting…ferocious…Grand metaphors, unsparing social commentary, sharp characters, and sharper humor help propel the book…Loving Day is a welcome effort from a major talent.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Hilarious, sometimes discomforting, always brilliant, Loving Day tackles with heart and sly humor identity, family, and finding that elusive place where you belong. This is an awesome, viciously witty novel.”

    Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A 2015 NPR Pick for Books to Give as Gifts This Year
  • A 2015 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

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About the Author

Mat Johnson’s first novel, Drop, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. His second novel, Hunting in Harlem, won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. He is also the author of the novel Pym and the Vertigo graphic novels Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story, Incognero, and John Constantine, Hellblazer: Papa Midnight. Johnson has written for a variety of publications, including a stint as a columnist for Time out New York. He currently teaches at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.

About the Narrator

J. D. Jackson is a theater professor, aspiring stage director, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He is a classically trained actor, and his television and film credits include roles on House, ER, Law & Order, Hack, Sherrybaby, Diary of a City Priest, and Lucky Number Slevin. He is the recipient of more than a dozen Earphones Awards for narration and an Odyssey Honor for G. Neri’s Ghetto Cowboy, and he was also named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year for 2012 and 2013. An adjunct professor at Los Angeles Southwest College, he has an MFA in theater from Temple University.