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Van Ripplewink: You Can't Go Home Again By Paul Clayton KIRKUS REVIEWS Clayton In the Shape of a Man, 2013, etc updates the story of Rip Van Winkle in this social novel In 2015, a backhoe at a construction site in Philadelphia unearths a coffin containing the long slumbering Van Ripplewink, who went into the ground at age 17 He emerges half a century later without seeming to have aged although he has grown quite a long beKIRKUS REVIEWS Clayton In the Shape of a Man, 2013, etc updates the story of Rip Van Winkle in this social novel In 2015, a backhoe at a construction site in Philadelphia unearths a coffin containing the long slumbering Van Ripplewink, who went into the ground at age 17 He emerges half a century later without seeming to have aged although he has grown quite a long beard As he stumbles through the streets of his old neighborhood, called the Avenues, he s confused as to why the cars look different and so many stores have changed their names He passed a little nail salon he had never seen before, an African and Caribbean food store, the Sahara Restaurant where Wong s Chinese restaurant had been Perhaps most confusing to him is the fact that all the residents now appear to be African American or Vietnamese After he receives a salutatory beating from a group of local youths, he s picked up by Charles Davis, an engineer for the city s gas company, who attempts to help the teenager get oriented With additional assistance from his own niece, Mignon, and a member of the local homeless community, Honest John, Van attempts to make sense of the new world in which he finds himself The only problem is that it doesn t make that much sense to anyone else in post Ferguson America, racial tensions are high, and the poverty in inner city neighborhoods like the Avenues makes it easy for anyone to get caught on the wrong side of the law MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW Van Ripplewink is a normal high school boy from the late 1960 who lives in a middleclass white neighborhood in Philadelphia, that is, until an accident occurs that outs him into a coma for forty eight years Awaking, Van is mystified He knows that the neighborhood is not the one he left the area has now become an exclusively black neighborhood and the whole world seems divided along racial lines There is whole new social dynamic based on youth gangs and crime His parents, his friends and everyone he knows is gone his school closed.Still, Van makes friends among homeless people he meets, and with educated black residents like Charles and his Niece, Mignon He also makes friends of a sort with a black wannabe street gang member who is interested in discrediting Van s attention to Mignon, than being a friend Van cannot understand the animosity between the black youth of Philadelphia and the police, and the bias, and blatant disregard for right and wrong coupled with the situation ethics displayed by his student newspaper editor Van Ripplewink is a book of complex characters who are struggling to exist in a world gone crazy Van struggles to make sense of it, Mignon struggles to stay on the legitimate, legally acceptable side of it, Charles is concerned first with keeping Mignon safe and then Van as well Chris is struggling to exist between his lust for Mignon and her pull to legitimacy, and his affinity for the street life and the anger he has adopted from the other street bullies.Van Ripplewink is a good read for anyone interested in stories about social dynamics and is a fascinating look into what the world has become in less than fifty years The story is good the view of the world from its perspective is stark and disturbing reality 5 Stars
Paul Clayton is the author of a three book historical series on the Spanish Conquest of the Floridas Calling Crow, Flight of the Crow, and Calling Crow Nation Putnam Berkley , and a novel, Carl Melcher Goes to Vietnam St Martin s Press , based on his own experiences Carl Melcher Goes to Vietnam was a finalist at the Frankfurt eBook Awards, along with works by Joyce Carol Oates Faithless and David McCullough John Adams Paul s latest novel, White Seed The Untold Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke was a semifinalist in the ABNA awards, a Readers Choice Bronze Medalist, an Honorable Mention at the San Francisco Book Festival, and a Finalist at the International Book Awards.Paul currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his son and daughter.
Van Ripplewink: You Can't Go Home Again By Paul Clayton
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