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Pushkin and the Queen of Spadesby Alice Randall
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Windsor Armstrong has a problem: her football superstar son, Pushkin X, is in love with a Russian lap dancer. In Windsor"s opinion, Pushkin is throwing away everything she has worked for. When she was an unwed teenage mother, Windsor left her shady Detroit roots to attend Harvard. She raised Pushkin to be fiercely intelligent, well-spoken, and proud. Now he lives for pro football and a white woman of no account. Outraged by her son"s decisions but deeply devoted to loving him right, Windsor prepares to give up her last secret: the identity of Pushkin"s father.
Pushkin and the Queen of Spades is a gutsy, provocative take on parenthood, love, and race. In Windsor, Randall has created a woman of fiery determination and large heart who wants only the best for her child. The novel is a perfect reading group choice, a fresh take on controversial issues that is also thoroughly entertaining.
Windsor Armstrong has a problem: her brilliant boy, Pushkin X, has become a football superstar and is planning to marry a Russian lap dancer. In Windsor's opinion, Pushkin is throwing away every good thing she has given him. When she was an unwed teen mother, Windsor attended Harvard, leaving her shady Detroit roots behind. She raised her son to be fiercely intelligent, well-spoken, and proud. Now he lives for pro football and a white woman of no account. Outraged by her son's decisions but devoted to loving him right, Windsor prepares to give up her last secret: the identity of Pushkin's father.
Balancing sharp-witted humor with profundity, sexiness with psychological depth, this exhilarating ride through the racially divided heart of contemporary America probes the universal question of what it means to be a good mother.
About the Author
Alice Randall was born in Detroit and graduated from Harvard in 1981. After a start as a journalist in Washington, D.C., she moved to Nashville to become a country songwriter. The only African-American woman ever to write a number-one country song, she has had more than twenty songs recorded. She is also a screenwriter and has worked on adaptations of Their Eyes Were Watching God, Parting the Waters, and Brer Rabbit. Randall first read Gone With the Wind when she was twelve and loved the novel. Years later, a question came to trouble her: where were the mulatto children of Tara? It was a question that interested her personally: she is of mixed-race ancestry and has been told that her great-great-grandfather was Confederate General Edmund Pettus. The Wind Done Gone is Alice Randall"s first novel.
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