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Them by Nathan McCall
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Feb 13, 2009

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Read in January, 2009

I was excited to read this for book group, and, although I'm not so excited about McCall's writing style, I'm glad I did.

The story is the story of both gentrification and racial tension, but I will argue that because the racial tension occurs everywhere and is so violent, it becomes the primary focus of the novel. Those individuals of the same race, even if they are of different "classes," are able to mingle to one degree or another, while those of different races are not able to mingle without violence of some sort errupting.

The characters, especially the white characters, seemed to very superficial, which made it hard to really get into the story fully. The black characters, except the main character, also lacked depth, but they at least seemed to be more realistic.

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