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Angry 16 year old misfit Mikal Fanon has just joined a gang of Neo-Nazi skinheads for reasons that are not entirely clear to him. He is taken in by the leader of the gang, Richard, and the two become fast (and best) friends. Emboldened by his new-found sense of belonging Mikal finds himself committing horrible acts of violence without a second thought. But two women threaten to tear his world apart -- a gorgeous and passionate young Black activist on campus named Niani Shange, to whom Mikal finds himself hopelessly attracted, and Sherry Nicolas, Richard's new girlfriend who seems to be driving a wedge between the two young skinheads . . .
Sherry Nicolas, awkward, shy, and away from home for the first time in her life, finds comfort in a brand new circle of friends and a handsome new boyfriend - the charming and charismatic Richard Lovecraft. Richard leads Sherry into a wild, thrilling, fast-paced lifestyle that is also dangerous and troubling . . .the violent "white power" underground. Though very much in love with Richard, Sherry finds herself increasingly fascinated by a group of young leftist radicals on campus lead by Niani Shange and her platonic best friend, the rather ghoulish and unstable Jack Curry.
Sherry's (and Mikal's) attraction to these two radically opposite, yet eerily similar,forces threatens to throw fuel on an already smoldering fire, leading to a bloody and explosive end. Who will survive and who will be burned?
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Publisher Bleak House Books
ISBN 1932557849 ISBN13 9781932557848
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More About Nathan Singer
Nathan Singer is a novelist, playwright, composer, and experimental performance artist. He is the author of the critically acclaimed novels, "A Prayer for Dawn" and "Chasing the Wolf". He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio where he is currently at work on new projects.
Nathan Singer currently resides in Cincinnati, in the state of Ohio.
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Absolutely compelling Jun 2, 2008
Nathan Singer's third novel, IN THE LIGHT OF YOU, is amazing. Singer avoids the easy liberal answers and really looks at why kids would embrace racist ideology. What's even better, Singer shows how the same kids grow up-- or, in some cases, don't grow up-- into a much more nuanced, "grey area" world than they thought they would. It's a compelling and very real story of deeply flawed characters and the bad choices they make.
A Coming of Age Story of Two of Society's "Throwaways" May 27, 2008
We have in America today a group of young people who are basically throwaways. They don't fit. They may be white kids in an predominately black school. They may be kids kicked out of their homes or kids who have left abusive homes. They may be kids whose families have moved around so often they have quit trying to adjust. They may be poor, illiterate, or foreign born. But for whatever reason, they don't fit into society.
Singer's third novel, In the Light of You, tells the story of two such kids, Mikal Fanon and Sherry Nicholas. Both Sherry and Mikal fell in with the Neo-Nazi group because the didn't fit into any other group. It was disturbing how easily they were each sucked into the Neo-Nazi underground by the charismatic leader, Richard Lovecraft. The Skinheads first became their friends, and then they became their family-just swallowing them up into the fold. Later, for different reasons, they each became involved with a radical leftist group of extremists-a group that is the polar opposite of the Skinheads. This powerful book takes readers into these underground organizations and lets us experience what life is like inside these groups. While much of their days are spend doing mundane things like playing computer games and figuring out what they are going to eat, when these groups "get active," much of the activity is quite frankly frightening. It makes for gritty, dark and violent reading that leaves the reader uneasy.
While In the Light of You is basically a "coming of age" novel, this book is perhaps the most thought provoking book I've read in a couple of years. While it was an uncomfortable book for me, far from my preferred reading choices, the portrayal of the subversive radical groups made for fascinating reading. As much as I wanted to put the book aside and forget about it, I could not. Sherry and Mikal's story had me hooked until the very last page.