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In the Light of You [Paperback]

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Sixteen-year-old misfit Mikal Fanan is taken in by Richard, the leader of a gang of neo-Nazi skinheads, and finds his life turned upside down as he tries to belong to the group by committing a series of violent acts and becomes attracted to a young, black activist, Niani Shange, and Richard's shy young girlfriend, Sherry Nicolas.

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Pages   238
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 15, 2008
Publisher   Bleak House Books
ISBN  1932557830  
ISBN13  9781932557831  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

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