writer delivers a poignant and provocative novel of identity, race, and the
search for belonging in the age of globalization.
One afternoon, not long after Kelly Thorndike has moved back
to his hometown of Baltimore, an African American man he doesn’t recognize
calls out to him. To Kelly’s shock, the man identifies himself as Martin, who
was one of Kelly’s closest friends in high school—and, before his disappearance
nearly twenty years before, skinny, white, and Jewish. Martin then tells an
astonishing story: after years of immersing himself in black culture, he’s had
a plastic surgeon perform “racial reassignment surgery”—altering his hair,
skin, and physiognomy to allow him to pass as African American. Unknown to his
family or childhood friends, Martin has been living a new life ever since.
Now, however, Martin feels he can no longer keep his new
identity a secret; he wants Kelly to help him ignite a controversy that will
help sell racial reassignment surgery to the world. Kelly, still recovering
from the death of his wife and child and looking for a way to begin anew,
agrees, and things quickly begin to spiral out of control.
Inventive and thought-provoking, Your Face in Mine is a
brilliant novel about cultural and racial alienation and the nature of
belonging in a world where identity can be a stigma or a lucrative brand. Download and start listening now!