Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I Am Not Sidney Poitier

By Percival Everett

A very funny, yet sometime quite intense, book about a person whose mother names him Not Sidney, while his last name is the same as that of the famous actor. His mother also seems to not have known that he will grow to show quite a resemblance to his not namesake. This brings a lot of mishaps to the young boy, which are sometimes compensated for by the immense amounts of money left to him when his mother dies. The problems get even worse in the deep South, where the color of his skin causes him even more troubles than his name does. The author also pokes fun at black people who try to unblack themselves. [234 pp.]

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