It is a letter from father to son, about a black male's experience in the United States.
Coates structures as a three-part letter to his 15-year-old son in which he articulates the fear he lives with as a father unable to protect his son from America's historical plunder of black bodies.
It is a fear passed down through generations since the first chained Africans arrived in the U.
, arrived in my mailbox in September, Coates has completed a book tour and the book has garnered him a National Book Award.
Its excellence, therefore, should come as no surprise to me or to readers of this review.
Nonetheless, I find myself struggling to narrow the scope of this review because speaks to me as a reader, social change activist, Christian woman and creative writing student, and in all ways, it exceeds my expectations.