In the Falling Snow

In the Falling Snow

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From one of our most admired fiction writers: the searing story of breakdown and recovery in the life of one man and of a society moving from one idea of itself to another.

Keith—born in England in the early 1960s to immigrant West Indian parents but primarily raised by his white stepmother—is a social worker heading a Race Equality unit in London whose life has come undone. He is separated from his wife of twenty years (whose family “let her go” when she married a black man), kept at arm’s length by his seventeen-year-old son, estranged from his father, and accused of harassment by a co-worker. And beneath it all, he has a desperate feeling that his work—even in fact his life—is no longer relevant.

Moving deftly between past and present, the narrative uncovers the particulars of class, background, temperament, and desire that have brought Keith to this moment, and reveals how, often unwittingly, his wife, his son, and, ultimately, his father help him grasp the breadth of the changes that have occurred around him—and what these changes will require of him.

At once intimate and expansive, deeply moving in its portrayal of the vagaries of familial love and bold in its scrutiny of the personal and societal politics of race, this is Caryl Phillips’s most powerful novel yet.

Baker & Taylor
Estranged from his entire family and accused of harassment by a colleague, social worker and race advocate Keith struggles with growing fears about the pointlessness of his work while tracing the events that have led to his present state.

Blackwell North Amer
Keith - born in England in the early 1960s to immigrant West Indian parents but primarily raised by his white stepmother - is a social worker heading a Race Equality unit in London whose life has come undone. He is separated from his wife of twenty years (whose family "let her go" when she married a black man), kept at arm's length by his seventeen-year-old son, estranged from his father, and accused of harassment by a coworker. And beneath it all, he has a desperate feeling that his work - even in fact his life - is no longer relevant.
Moving between past and present, the narrative uncovers the particulars of class, background, temperament, and desire that have brought Keith to this moment, and reveals how, often unwittingly, his wife, his son, and, ultimately, his father help him grasp the breadth of the changes that have occurred around him - and what these changes will require of him.

Baker
& Taylor

Estranged from his entire family and accused of harassment by a colleague, social worker and race advocate Keith struggles with growing fears about the pointlessness of his work while tracing the events that have led to his present state. By the PEN Beyond Margins-winning author of Dancing in the Dark.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307272560
0307272567
Branch Call Number: FICTION PHILL...C

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