By Lewis Shiner
Whilst Michael follows his loss of life father to North Carolina, a life of lies starts off to resolve. His pursuit of his father's past--haunted through voodoo, adultery and murder--takes him to a spot known as Hayti, as soon as the main wealthy black neighborhood within the South. Now the mysteries of Michael's personal background develop into a question of existence and demise, as racial conflicts slightly limited because the Sixties erupt again.Rooted within the real tale of the united states government's city renewal coverage and its disastrous aftermath, Black & White is a literary mystery, a kinfolk saga, and a searing portrait of institutionalized hatred.
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Like he was afraid of something. ” “They didn’t just put a freeway through it. They wrecked it. We wrecked it. ” “They called it urban renewal in those days. ’ White people said Hayti was run down, and they were going to fix it all up for us colored folks. So they had a referendum, and us colored folks voted for it just like the whites did, and then they started to tear everything down. Long before they really had to, just to show they could, I guess. ” “Truth of the matter is, there was two companies.
So it’s true,” he whispered. ” Michael said. ” Michael’s father nodded, and didn’t say anything more. You knew that, didn’t you? ” “Not all of it,” his father said. ” “Do you want to talk to me now? ” “No,” he said. “Go ahead. ” Michael looked at Coleman. “All right? ” “Do it,” Coleman said. 30 lewis shine r Michael called 911 from the bedside phone. “I don’t know if this is exactly an emergency,” he told the operator. ” He ended up with a homicide detective named Frank Bishop. Bishop’s manner was kind and unhurried.
And what about my father? ” “You want the truth? I think he knew everything. I think they all did. ’ ” Michael drank some of the coffee. “So,” he said. ” “He’s dying. ” Michael pushed back his chair. ” Mi c ha e l drove. Belatedly he asked after Coleman’s health, and Coleman said, “I’m all right. I got the cholesterol, I got some blood pressure, but I quit smoking years ago, don’t drink too much. ” “Are you working? ” “Been working nights on highway repair crews, supervising. I’m off tonight.
Black & White by Lewis Shiner