Ran Walker's Black Hand Side: Stories shows the uncommon, the comical and the role reversal where every story refutes the stereotypical black male image. [...] Walker introduces a cast of characters who are all confronted with some kind of moral conflict around what blackness itself means to them--a dilemma that America itself has struggled with since 1619.
Ultimately, while several stories explore the ideas of black love, much of Black Hand Side: Stories presents a commentary on cultural appropriation and engagement and how in reality African Americans find themselves dealing with, ignoring or living in and around whiteness. Walker does an excellent job of pushing the racial envelope in this book, confronting preconceptions and notions while always helping readers see the shifting black persona.
~ Shonda Buchanan, author of Equipoise: Poems From Goddess Country and Who's Afraid of Black Indians?
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