Your Face in Mine

Your Face in Mine

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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An award-winning 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2014
ISBN: 9780698168817
069816881X
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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SnoIsleLib_RuthG Dec 30, 2016

A mind-blowing read! What if "racial reassignment surgery" was possible? Would a person decide to have the surgery because of identifying with a different "race"? Because of social pressure? To manipulate? To be more successful? To "disappear"? Jess Row discloses his characters' motivation gradually in a plot with twists and turns that reads like part-mystery, part-science-fiction. Fascinating exploration of "race", identity, white guilt, and other themes. I highly recommend.

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marcrrussell
Feb 15, 2015

bonus points for originality, and making me personally reflect on how I wish to be visually represented! A tad longish and the 'resolution' was less realistic than the beginning lead me to hope for. Still, quite a 'fresh' undertaking.

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