Copperhead

Jessup Collins is 17 years old with a rough family history.  He is a star athlete, a good student,…a good young man.  He has a good chance of a college scholarship that will afford him the opportunity to escape his meager background.  He and his family have been called white trash, white supremicists and have been victims of discrimination.

The story starts on the night of the big football game.  In a tragic event, the story erupts into racism, revenge, truth, bigotry.  What really happened that night?  How costly is the truth?  Can we outrun what we are born into, as Jessup wonders.

This is an excellent and timely novel.  Cleverly written with short chapteres and lots of emotion, the author has done a fabulous job of pulling it all together.

"Copperhead is a smart, propulsive story about racism, class and the limits of individual possibility. It mostly avoids those compromises that socially-conscious novels sometimes feel obliged to make: namely, trading off complexity of character and literary style in favor of "message.” quoted from NPR