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Signifying Nothing by Clifford Thompson
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Jun 02, 09

Read in June, 2009

Set in 1979, this novel is a portrait of an African American family in Washington, DC. While the event that sets the plot in motion is the sudden, uncontrolled ability of 19-year-old son Lester, diagnosed as retarded and mute, to speak (actually, rap) for the first time in his life, the story focuses equally on the other members of his family: his father, mother, sister, and brother. We follow each of them and get inside their heads, which presents a more complete, honest picture of an average American family. And of course there is the mystery of WHY Lester has suddenly broken his silence in this way.... Good character development and it's held my interest so far.

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