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Revolutions of All Colors

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Gabriel Mathis, a twenty-three-year-old aspiring fantasy writer and reluctant Russophile, travels to Ukraine to teach English and meets the love of his life: an international arms dealer very much out of his league. Simon--a former Special Forces medic, torn over a warped sense of duty and a child he did not want--returns to the US to pursue his dream of becoming a mixed m ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published December 14th 2020 by Syracuse University Press
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Richard Derus
Jun 19, 2022 rated it really liked it
Real Rating: 4.25* of five, rounded down


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: So, what does one do with a story that sets him reeling, causes hours-long meditation breaks, and ultimately makes him want to scream in outrage? How, on each and every page, something against the inside of his skull? No, not the racism.

I'm used to stories about how hard it is to be Black, but told in the SATANIC SECOND PERSON?! Okay, okay, not *all* of it's in the Satani
Apr 30, 2021 rated it liked it
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Olga Zilberbourg
Jul 07, 2022 rated it it was amazing
A novel-in-stories or more like a multi-generational family saga condensed down into a few fascinating snippets. Each chapter does stand on its own very well, but also leaves you begging for more and turning the pages in wonder at where the author's experience, wit, and imagination will take you next. ...more
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Powerful, provocative novel in stories with multiple narrators, set in New Orleans, Oklahoma, Ukraine, Somalia. One of the primary narrators is enlisted in the Air Force, then Special Services; the book is a Winter of the 2019 Veterans Writing Prize, and the fight scenes (whether in Mogadishu 2005, the Black Panther HQ in 1970s New Orleans, or in the parking lot of the Kickapoo gas station in 1992) are as vivid as any I've read. But it's also about manhood, fatherhood, and young people resisting ...more
Thomas Bardenwerper
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In his debut novel, Dewaine Farria tells the story of a single family, with episodes spanning both time and distance (1970s New Orleans to 1990s Oklahoma to 2000s Somalia and beyond). For such a short novel and easy read, it is amazing how much Farria is able to accomplish. The characters are believable and compelling, and the dialogue is authentic and rich. While many authors can tell powerful stories and others can write beautiful prose, Farria is the rare author who can do both. Highly recomm ...more
Liza Taylor
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dewaine Farria’s debut is enlightening, disturbing, beautifully written, and a pleasure to read. I met the author while we attended the same MFA program, but until I asked for an advance copy of this book from the publisher I had not read his work. This novel shows tremendous range and talent. Highly recommended.
Brett Allen
Feb 28, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This is a phenomenal book, made even more impressive by the fact that it's the author's debut novel. The characters in "Revolutions Of All Colors" are superbly developed and the personal knowledge the author weaves into his settings gives the novel an authenticity that can not be faked. I found this book captivating and I look forward to Mr. Farria's next work! ...more
Lizzy Fox
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A captivating story that emphasizes how lives impact and permeate one another's. The ending is a gut-punch of revelation and sorrow. The movement through time and space is masterful. I couldn't put it down. ...more
Apr 10, 2022 rated it liked it
Beautiful book, but a bit difficult to follow.
Doug Reyes
Aug 02, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021
This starts out really strong.
Unfortunately my interest started to wane about halfway through.
Pet peeve: writing in second person never works.
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book packs a lot of serious topics into a small, easily digestible package, with great characters. I would have loved to hear more from some of them, but really enjoyed this book all around.
Charles McCaffrey
Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An beautifully written debut novel about race and identity told in vignettes from various perspectives. Loved it!
Anne G
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This debut pulses with questions about race, identity and loyalty in America. What does it mean to serve a country that does not serve you? This complex question follows a family with a legacy of military service, and their friends and lovers, back through history and into the present day. Arresting and ambitious. Wow.
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2020
Revolutions of All Colors switches between viewpoints in a series of interconnected vignettes. The book starts with Ettie, a young black woman in New Orleans in the 70’s. We follow her as she meets Black Panthers and falls in love We introduced to her son, Simon. Raised by his mother in small town Oklahoma, Simon and his friends, siblings Michael and Gabriel, make up the heart of the book. We follow their struggles and their travels: Kyiv, Mogadishu and New York; friendship, love and obsession. ...more
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