Today’s book comes from @authorbwsmith.
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 takes a look into the world of the black middle-class in a way that’s rarely done. In particular, 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.
Laced with thought provoking truths, biting humor, and yes, the plot twists that bestselling author Brian W. Smith has become known for, this is a novel you will have a hard time putting down once you start reading. It is the kind of novel that will have readers debating long after they finish reading it.
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