This month I will be featuring a book spotlight for you. Todays’ book spotlight is The Delusion of Inclusion by Brian W. Smith.
The Delusion of Inclusion – Brian W. Smith
Description: Wood Mercer, a single father, works two jobs so that his only child, Ryan, can grow up in the suburbs of Dallas, TX. Wood has a lot of financial stress on him, but he has an everyday challenge that trumps the pile of bills in his mailbox…living in his predominantly all white neighborhood.
Wood has been racially profiled numerous times by the police and insulted by neighbors who question why he’s living in their community. The incidents – along with emotional baggage from his childhood – has left a bad taste in his mouth. Nevertheless, he deals with it all because he feels the suburban lifestyle (i.e., the schools, lack of crime, etc.) is better for Ryan. Still, the experience has hardened his heart and made him prejudice toward white people.
Things get more stressful for Wood after Ryan graduates high school and attends college. Sensing Ryan wants more freedom, Wood agrees to let him live on campus. But Ryan’s new-found freedom brings out a new set of challenges for Wood. Ryan gets a new girlfriend…a white girl who admits that her father is a bigot.
The Delusion of Inclusion investigates the world of the black middle-class in a way that’s rarely done. The novel delves into how suburban raised black Millennial’s often are more comfortable with associating with non-blacks and have a different perspective on racial issues than their “inner-city” raised parents.
Review: Oh where, oh where do I start? Mr. Smith always seems to amaze me. This author really had me on an emotional roller coaster from laughing to mad to happy to laugh to crying. Mr. Smith, you presented this to the story about a real-life situation very well and it was well developed.
As far as the topic of the book it was current, upfront in your face, and real about how racial profiling is in America right now. There are prejudices, love, friendships, hate, discrimination, death, and race issues in this current real-life story. This book really brought things to the light that is happening all over America with African American males and Caucasian authority. It is very sad epidemic.
Wood is an African American single father raising his teenage son, Ryan. Wood is ole school; and Ryan is just blinded by being naive. Wood has moved his family into the suburbs to give his son a better life. But that doesn’t mean anything if you are an African American male. I sometimes got frustrated with both characters. They had some good points, but I am so finish with them. I could relate to both even though I am a female. The topic of the book still exists, and I can’t wait for book 2.
This book was well developed, thought provoking, and intriguing that I couldn’t put it down. I already said I was on an emotional roller coaster.
The storyline and plot were on point. It had suspense and the storyline went smoothly. Mr. Smith’s writing style was excellent and unpredictable.
Rating: 5 stars
Words of Caution: Racism, self-image, different cultures, single parenthood, racial profiling, prejudices, and rebellious children.
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If These Trees Could Talk
Nina’s Got A Secret