It is 1973. A small college town in Southern Illinois is terrorized by a spree of sadistic assaults. The rapist tells the victimsall Asian womenthat he is making them pay for America's betrayal in Vietnam. When the only other Black faculty member is accused of the crimes, African American philosophy professor Nathan "Ribs" Rivers struggles to suspend his doubts about his colleague's innocence.
Rivers reluctantly yields to the urgings of his students and takes up leadership of a campus coalition formed to advocate for a fair trial. Professor Rivers embarks on a vision quest for the truth that is as much about his character as it is about the crimesa quest that threatens to topple his family and career, ignites in him a spiritual crisis, and plunges him headlong toward lethal unknowns.
|Publisher:||Face Rock Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is not a light, easy read. It is dense, hard hitting, and at times a bit convoluted. The author packs this novel full of knowledge and facts to the detriment of the plot. This leads to the overall impression of the author being long winded at times. Once I did finally get into it the story was quite gripping. There were some very intense moments amidst a great deal of what amounts to scene building. There were also some very intriguing historical and philosophical debates that really caught my attention as well. The characters in this novel were quite well developed yet I felt that they remained aloof from the reader. The sense of who this main character was, however, was definitely felt throughout the novel. Race and position play a poignant role in the novel, as they did in society during the time. Although this novel is very well developed and executed I simply felt that as a while it was difficult to become and stay immersed in. It is an enjoyable and well written, yet very dense read. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.