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A provocative debut novel about a young white chauffeur and his wealthy black employer, an NBA player — a twenty-first century inversion of what we've come to expect stories of race and class to look like, and a discomfiting portrait of envy and obsession.

Ride Around Shining concerns the idle preoccupations, and later machinations, of a transplanted Portlander named Jess — a nobody from nowhere with a Masters degree and a gig delivering takeout. He parlays the latter, along with a few lies, into a job as a chauffeur for an up-and-coming Trail Blazer named Calyph West and his young wife, Antonia.

Calyph is black and Antonia is white and Jess becomes fascinated, innocuously at first, by all they are that he is not. In striving to make himself indispensable to them, he causes Calyph to have a season-ending knee injury, then brings about the couples estrangement, before positioning himself at last as their perverse savior.

In the tradition of The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Great Gatsby, and Harold Pinter's The Servant — not to mention a certain Shakespeare play about a creepy white dude obsessed with a black dude — Ride Around Shining tries to say the unsayable about white fixation on black culture, particularly black athletic culture, something so common in everyday life it has gone all but unaddressed.

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Ride Around Shining is a West Coast, twenty-first-century Gatsby, warped through the lenses of race and class, and similarly obsessed with those very American anxieties of money, ambition and authenticity. This is the best and one of the bravest novels I've read in years.” Benjamin Hale

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R.A.S. is brilliant. Sure, its about ballers and their chauffeurs, and fame and wealth and celebrity and race. But its subversive soul is interested only in one thing: the hunger, both yours and mine, to swallow the world whole. It feels like an instant classic.” Joshua Ferris, author of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

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“Brilliant debut.” Will Blythe

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"Ride Around Shining lays claim to being an interesting novel on its own terms, offering some fresh takes on those big American topics of race, class, manhood and meritocracy...a rousing affirmation of American possibility." Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air with Terry Gross

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"It's hard to believe Ride Around Shining exists...it's a provocative, bracing, and totally singular look at how white entitlement can fester in the face of black accomplishment." Portland Mercury

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"A smart, sad, funny, beautifully voiced, and precisely detailed investigation of the particularly American collision of race, sex, money, and vicariousness." David Shields, author of Black Planet

About the Author

Chris Leslie-Hynan is originally from Wisconsin and received his MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2008. He lives in Portland. This is his first book.

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snapfro, October 29, 2014 (view all comments by snapfro)
Lyrical, insightful and chilling, from the first page to the last. Leslie-Hynan approaches race and class with refreshing perspective and honesty. I wish more white people would write more books like this! It at least begins a conversation about what it means to be white, and how we white people interact with race, even if our privilege mostly prevents us from seeing or acknowledging this.

Oh, and did I mention the writing is beautiful? Vibrant, funny, spot-on. This novel is must read for anyone familiar with Portland, this novel aptly captures some of what it means to be part of this changing, complicated city. Oh, and Blazers fans who like books? Definite must read.
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ISBN:
9780062285072
Author:
Leslie-Hynan, Chris
Publisher:
Harper
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20140831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.89 in 22.8 oz

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Product details 240 pages Harper - English 9780062285072 Reviews:
"Review" by , Ride Around Shining is a West Coast, twenty-first-century Gatsby, warped through the lenses of race and class, and similarly obsessed with those very American anxieties of money, ambition and authenticity. This is the best and one of the bravest novels I've read in years.”
"Review" by , R.A.S. is brilliant. Sure, its about ballers and their chauffeurs, and fame and wealth and celebrity and race. But its subversive soul is interested only in one thing: the hunger, both yours and mine, to swallow the world whole. It feels like an instant classic.”
"Review" by , “Brilliant debut.”
"Review" by , "Ride Around Shining lays claim to being an interesting novel on its own terms, offering some fresh takes on those big American topics of race, class, manhood and meritocracy...a rousing affirmation of American possibility."
"Review" by , "It's hard to believe Ride Around Shining exists...it's a provocative, bracing, and totally singular look at how white entitlement can fester in the face of black accomplishment."
"Review" by , "A smart, sad, funny, beautifully voiced, and precisely detailed investigation of the particularly American collision of race, sex, money, and vicariousness."
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