Beautifully written, extraordinarily powerful, a rare gem of a read!
When the prestigious law firm of Wayne, Rothstein, and Lincoln catches two major cases—a rape case where a White NBA star allegedly raped a Black stripper, and a murder case where a Black rapper allegedly killed a gay couple and two policemen—Bill O'Neil and Ben Turner are tasked to handle these racially charged litigations. The cases hit emotional chords with the two lawyers and force them to reckon with their interracial relationships and families. Will the racial tension of their cases destroy them or make them stronger?
It has often been said that one of the best ways to better understand racism is to just pick up a book and that's certainly true with Black and White where Burgess JR forces us to consider our determined ignorance and prejudices. Fans of Burgess JR will know that he always delivers a candid and unflinching exploration of his subject and here he is quick to remind us that we're far from finished with the old racial stereotypes. It’s not a novel driven by suspense, though there’s plenty of it, instead its energy comes from its vividly realized characters, from how they relate to and ultimately perceive one another. He has a finely tuned ear for dialogue and once again he displays a masterful ability to summon a wealth of hopes and fears to create a powerful and emotional connection that elicits much in the way of reflection. Laden with poignant moments and underpinned by an exemplary plot Black and White is Burgess JR at his very best, telling a great story but also adding to the weight of notable literature on his given subject.
A novel to be applauded and an absolute must read for fans of legal fiction, Black and White is recommended without reservation.
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