Shades of Gray: The Introduction of Walter Harrison [NOOK Book]

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Walter Harrison is a twenty something owner of an apartment building, Harrison's Palace, which he inherited from his father, as a patronizing gift to remind Walter of the disappointment he has become. Walter carries the burden of feeling ostracized by his fellow African Americans and internalizes a toxic combination of anger, self-pity, and resentment towards black people. Walter views himself as a victim of racism from his own people, but his self-indulgence of sorrow does not permit him to see that his ...

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Overview

Walter Harrison is a twenty something owner of an apartment building, Harrison's Palace, which he inherited from his father, as a patronizing gift to remind Walter of the disappointment he has become. Walter carries the burden of feeling ostracized by his fellow African Americans and internalizes a toxic combination of anger, self-pity, and resentment towards black people. Walter views himself as a victim of racism from his own people, but his self-indulgence of sorrow does not permit him to see that his tormentors are also victims of racism. Convinced he will never find acceptance from African Americans, Walter forces himself to find love and acceptance outside of his race, to the dismay of those around him. The simultaneous abandonment of his parents and his first love drive Walter to the brink of madness. As he struggles to get his life in order, the shocking suicide of his tenant, and mirror-image, James Saint, another black male coping with loneliness, threatens to unravel Walter all over again.

Shades of Gray: The Introduction of Walter Harrison is a colorful and honest representation of how mental slavery affects the lives of African American men. The 95,000 word novel focuses on the life of Walter Harrison and his curiosity with his tenant, James Saint.

One of the unfortunate consequences of American slavery is the that the spirit of Africans and their descendants had to be broken in order for the system to flourish. The stigma of slavery manifests itself daily in the minds, words, and actions of African Americans. Like many, Walter fails to recognize the connection between his predicament and the plight of his people. Walter's obsession with how his life and the life of James intertwine, through the reading of James' diary, lead Walter to discover he and James are closer than he realized.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011284762
  • Publisher: Michael Johnson
  • Publication date: 3/11/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 864,785
  • File size: 306 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    Makes you think

    Make you look at interracial relationships as well as looking at one self.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Wow

    This is a must read! There are no lines in love.Only shades of the past.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Good Reading

    Enjoyed the book very much. Can't wait to read the second book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2012

    Interesting

    It was hard to put down some out of interest and some of morbid curosity. It deals with alot of interracial thoughts. Interesting but sad excuses black men use to stay weak. Although i understood the couples this isnt a world where racism doesnt exist. This book could have been shorter. At the end of the day its about the dialouge blacks and whites need to have. Read for yourself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    Good read

    Very good book, couldn't put it down ! Cant wait for sequel !

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    good read

    good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    Really enjoyed this book

    What I liked most about this book is its honesty. A great deal of the problems the main character experienced and things that he felt, I have also experienced and that made it easy to connect. The characters felt real. Was this book flawless? No it wasn't. Despite its imperfections, I felt this book was well written for the most part and I look forward to the sequel to this book. I only rate books I really like highly so for me to give this book a 4 says a lot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Torn...

    The book wasn't great but it wasn't all bad either. With the length, it seems his entire story could've been told without a sequel. Halfway through the book, the person in question became obvious. I was just wondering what was taken so long to cut to the chase. It took me longer than usual to finish this book but I continued out of curiousity, which will be the same reason I'd read the sequel, if it's free or for 99¿.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Awesome ! A must read...

    Great book, i cant wait to read the next phase of walter. I have a much better understanding of why people are racist and their reasoning. I say live and let live! What does it really matter your skin color as long as you love and respect each other? I once heard a man say, "We are all the same color once the lights are off."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Great Read

    Waiting for the sequel. The characters are real people and you will be pulled in by them

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    Good read

    This wasnt the greatest book i ever read but it was pretty good. The ending left me wanting more. I cant wait for thhe sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Great read

    I really enjoyed this book. It was enlightening regarding racial prejudices in which we all deal with daily. I was rooting for Walter to just be happy with himself in his own skin. I am hoping on a sequel to find out how he deals with Forgiveness AKA Kaiyo!

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