In the Light of You

In the Light of You

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by Nathan Singer
     
 

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Angry 16 year-old misfit Mikal Fanon has just joined a gang of Neo-Nazi skinheads for reasons that are not entirely clear to him. He is taken in by the leader of the gang, Richard, and the two become fast (and best) friends. Emboldened by his new-found sense of belonging Mikal finds himself committing horrible acts of violence without a second thought. But two women

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Angry 16 year-old misfit Mikal Fanon has just joined a gang of Neo-Nazi skinheads for reasons that are not entirely clear to him. He is taken in by the leader of the gang, Richard, and the two become fast (and best) friends. Emboldened by his new-found sense of belonging Mikal finds himself committing horrible acts of violence without a second thought. But two women threaten to tear his world apart--a gorgeous and passionate young Black activist on campus named Niani Shange, to whom Mikal finds himself hopelessly attracted, and Sherry Nicolas, Richard's new girlfriend who seems to be driving a wedge between the two young skinheads . . .

Sherry Nicolas, awkward, shy, and away from home for the first time in her life, finds comfort in a brand new circle of friends and a handsome new boyfriend--the charming and charismatic Richard Lovecraft. Richard leads Sherry into a wild, thrilling, fast-paced lifestyle that is also dangerous and troubling . . . the violent "white power" underground. Though very much in love with Richard, Sherry finds herself increasingly fascinated by a group of young leftist radicals on campus lead by Niani Shange and her platonic best friend, the rather ghoulish and unstable Jack Curry.

Sherry's (and Mikal's) attraction to these two radically opposite--yet eerily similar--forces threatens to throw fuel on an already smoldering fire, leading to a bloody and explosive end. Who will survive and who will be burned?

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Publishers Weekly

Late in this raw, blistering coming-of-age novel set in an unnamed Ohio city, Mikal Fanon observes that most 16- to 17-year-olds try lots of roles, discard most and move on, but "I happened to have worn a costume with consequences." The "costume" that the rootless teen tries on is a violently right-wing group, the Fifth Reich, led by the charismatic Richard Lovecraft. Mikal learns to spout the slogans, gets the de rigueur "tats" (i.e., tattoos) and stomps whatever poor victims the group despises. Singer (Chasing the Wolf) evokes with rare passion the tumultuous confusions and conflicts as teens seek to work out their racial and sexual identities. Though other major characters, like a beautiful black girl, Niani Shange, who alternately attracts and repels Mikal, aren't sufficiently fleshed out, readers will find Mikal's erratic passage through a rough adolescence both vivid and compelling. (June)

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ISBN-13:
9781932557831
Publisher:
Big Earth Publishing
Publication date:
06/28/2008
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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In the Light of You 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really compelling, first-person account of a 1990's skinhead. It really took me outside of my comfort zone. Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. Solidly good writing with a few caveats: I got a bit distracted when he brought in another POV. It lessened the narrator's impact just a bit. I also wasn't convinced by the ending (very few authors, even great ones, always get this right). I just didn't really understand how the protagonist got from A to B. Maybe he didn't understand either.
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Cordillia More than 1 year ago
Okay, first off, I have to say that the characters are fascinating, as is the glimpse of modern American life that I hopefully will never experience first hand. Mikal is sympathetic, and it is the mark of a good author that I found myself feeling sympathetic to the skinheads. That being said, I disliked this book. It could just be that it's outside of the genre that I generally read. It was confusing how the point of view occasionally switched from Mikal to Sherry, and the "Love Conquers All" story does't seem to fit with the tone of the book. Also, I'm not terribly sure what the title has to do with anything, and I'm not willing to re-read it to find out.
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saxston524 More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a 17 year old trying to find himself and loses himself in the neo-nazi skinhead subculture of sex, violence and racism. Didn't finish reading it.