Angry Black White Boy

Angry Black White Boy

by Adam Mansbach
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Angry Black White Boy by Adam Mansbach

From the acclaimed author of Shackling Water comes the first great race novel of the twenty-first century, an incendiary and ruthlessly funny satire about violence, pop culture, and American identity.

Macon Detornay is a suburban white boy possessed and politicized by black culture, and filled with rage toward white America. After moving to New York City for college, Macon begins robbing white passengers in his taxicab, setting off a manhunt for the black man presumed to be committing the crimes. When his true identity is revealed, Macon finds himself to be a celebrity and makes use of the spotlight to hold forth on the evils and invisibility of whiteness. Soon he launches the Race Traitor Project, a stress-addled collective that attracts guilty liberals, wannabe gangstas, and bandwagon riders from all over the country to participate in a Day of Apology—a day set aside for white people to make amends for four hundred years of oppression. The Day of Apology pushes New York City over the edge into an epic riot, forcing Macon to confront the depth of his own commitment to the struggle.

Peopled with all manner of race pimps and players, Angry Black White Boy is a stunning breakout book from a critically acclaimed young writer and should be required reading for anyone who wants to get under the skin of the complexities of identity in America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400054879
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 03/08/2005
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 956,839
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Adam Mansbach is the author of the novel Shackling Water and the poetry collection genius b-boy cynics getting weeded in the garden of delights.

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Angry Black White Boy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has relevance in any high school classroom. Students can appreciate the issues that Macon faces as he becomes an important part of black culture. Students will also enjoy the hip hop culture embedded within the text, however inappropriate language frequantly appears throughout the novel.
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Alize More than 1 year ago
Adam Mansbach's "Angry Black White Boy" manages to be both a pitch-perfect look back into the 90's and a prophecy of turn-of-the-century politics. Mansbach not only delves fearlessly into hip-hop culture in all its contradictions, he dares to explore what it means to be white with similar honesty. This is a book that can make you laugh out loud one minute and cry the next. Yes, it's that good. "Angry Black White Boy"'s subtitle is "The Miscegenation of Macon Detournay", a fate that our hero seems determined to fulfill. A suburban whiteboy on paper, Macon immerses himself in hip-hop culture, trying desperately to erase a family history of southern oppression that is apparent even in his name. Macon dances on the on the line of racial ambiguity with clever results (using his black friends as "bait" for the racist storekeeper while he ransacks spray paint in the back of the store unnoticed). However, it is when Macon organizes an audacious "Day of Apology" that the story is launched into the stratosphere. Mansbach has an explosive imagination and a brilliant grasp of popular culture. Check out one of Macon's dream sequences wherein Old Dirty Bastard invades an episode of Seinfeld, or when Macon makes a devastating appearance on a "Regis and Kelly"-esque talk show. While "Angry Black White Boy" is always entertaining, it never takes its eyes off the true prize: a fearless examination of where this country was, where it is, and where it's going. The novel takes a decidedly dark turn at the end (which I won't reveal here) which at the same time leaves room for a future sense of hope, a hope that appears throughout the book in little sparks in spite of its rather tough exterior. Get this book. It's funny, it's real, and it's brilliant. Adam Mansbach's "Angry Black White Boy" is a new classic.
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