Each week, WW writer John Minervini brings you the latest in book reviews, author Q&A's and Portland literary gossip. Check wweek.com in coming days for the second half of Tome Raider's two-part review of Toni Morrison's new novel,
(Knopf, 167 pages, $23.95).
A Mercy is Only Skin-Deep
Let me guess:
what's wrong with me? Why am I not enjoying this?
Am I uncultured, a philistine, a boor?
Am I racist?
So here's what you do.
FROM: email@example.com TO: firstname.lastname@example.org DATE SENT: Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 11:44 AM PST Hey Susan, Happy holidays! I know I haven't called in a while; I just wanted to check in, see how ur doing, if your leg healed after the accident, how the divorce is going, whether you got custody of the kids, etc. etc. Oh hey, by the way, I got this great book for Christmas, it's called A Mercy by Toni Morrison, it's totally cool you should check it out if you have time. Since I started reading it, I've learned a lot about slavery and US history and multiculturalism, although I must admit, it is rather a difficult book. Anyway, hope ur doing good and are back home from the hospital, let's hang out soon. Kisses, John
Subj: Reading Tony Morrisson - m4m - 43 (Bus to Tanasbourne) Reply to: email@example.com Date: 2009-01-06, 3:42AM PST Hey, saw U readin on the 89 bus, U got off @ Starbuxx, I followed U4 a while after that. I think U wr readin that new book by Tony Morrisson? A Murphy or something? That's soooo cool he is rilly multicultural, he won an emmy or seomthing right? N-E-way I think I felt a real connxion with U, and on the random chance U read this AND UR NOT A DRUG ADDICT OR A REGISTRD SEX OFFENDR I wd luv to get some coffee or something. PS I ws the one in the parashoot pants, I kind of look like garey busey. Hit me up.
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