Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis
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A neglected tour de force by the first American to win the Nobel Prize in literature, Kingsblood Royal is a stirring and wickedly funny portrait of a man who resigns from the white race. When Neil Kingsblood a typical middle-American banker with a comfortable life makes the shocking discovery that he has African-American blood, the odyssey that ensues creates an unforgettable portrayal of two Americas, one black, one white.

As timely as when it was first published in 1947, one need only open today's newspaper to see the same issues passionately being discussed between blacks and whites that we find in Kingsblood Royal, says Charles Johnson. Perhaps only now can we fully appreciate Sinclair Lewis's astonishing achievement.

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Charles Johnson's many books include Middle Passage, which won the 1990 National Book Award. He lives in Seattle.
Published March 19, 2013 by Jonathan Cape. 310 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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The most frankly thesis novel that Sinclair Lewis has ever done- and that is saying a good deal, for he has not attempted to conceal the purpose behind his writings.

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"Flawed and failed as a fully realized work," Lewis's tale of a white man who discovers a drop of black blood in his past nevertheless, in Johnson's opinion, speaks effectively to the present, and stands alongside the many great African-American novels of "passing."

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