Black Card by Chris L. Terry audiobook

Black Card: A Novel

By Chris L. Terry
Read by Leon Nixon

Highbridge Audio 9781948226264
Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • $29.99

    ISBN: 9781684575893

With dark humor, Chris L. Terry's Black Card is an uncompromising examination of American identity. In an effort to be "black enough," a mixed-race punk rock musician indulges his own stereotypical views of African American life by doing what his white bandmates call "black stuff." After remaining silent during a racist incident, the unnamed narrator has his Black Card revoked by Lucius, his guide through Richmond, Virginia, where Confederate flags and memorials are a part of everyday life. Determined to win back his Black Card, the narrator sings rap songs at an all-white country music karaoke night, absorbs black pop culture, and goes out with his black coworker Mona, who is attacked one night. The narrator becomes the prime suspect and earns the attention of John Donahue, a local police officer with a grudge dating back to high school. Forced to face his past, his relationships with his black father and white mother, and the real consequences and dangers of being black in America, the narrator must choose who he is before the world decides for him.

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Summary

Summary

An NPR Best Book of the Year

A Los Angeles Times Pick of Best Books of Summer

With dark humor, Chris L. Terry's Black Card is an uncompromising examination of American identity. In an effort to be "black enough," a mixed-race punk rock musician indulges his own stereotypical views of African American life by doing what his white bandmates call "black stuff." After remaining silent during a racist incident, the unnamed narrator has his Black Card revoked by Lucius, his guide through Richmond, Virginia, where Confederate flags and memorials are a part of everyday life.

Determined to win back his Black Card, the narrator sings rap songs at an all-white country music karaoke night, absorbs black pop culture, and goes out with his black coworker Mona, who is attacked one night. The narrator becomes the prime suspect and earns the attention of John Donahue, a local police officer with a grudge dating back to high school. Forced to face his past, his relationships with his black father and white mother, and the real consequences and dangers of being black in America, the narrator must choose who he is before the world decides for him.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Leon Nixon delivers author Terry’s style flawlessly. With his deep voice and, at times, laconic pace, Nixon narrates with a nuanced tone that draws listeners into the internal struggles of a mixed-race young man who grapples to find his place in the world…Nixon’s narration smoothly blends different speaking styles along with the protagonist’s own inner monologues and shifting emotional states.” AudioFile
"[A] hilariously searing novel.” NPR
"Black Card is a bold and affecting novel—funny, infuriating, and at times profound…This fresh and innovative novel explores both whiteness and blackness in contemporary America.” Shelf Awareness (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Chris L. Terry

Author Bio: Chris L. Terry

Chris L. Terry was born in 1979 to an African American father and an Irish American mother. He has an MA degree in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and a creative writing MFA from Columbia College Chicago. His debut novel, Zero Fade, was named a Best Book of the Year by Slate and Kirkus Reviews.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English