The Atlas of Reds and Blues

The Atlas of Reds and Blues

A Novel

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When a woman--known only as Mother--moves her family from Atlanta to its wealthy suburbs, she discovers that neither the times nor the people have changed since her childhood in a small Southern town. Despite the intervening decades, Mother is met with the same questions: Where are you from? No, where are you really from? The American-born daughter of Bengali immigrants, she finds that her answer-- Here --is never enough. Mother's simmering anger breaks through one morning, when, during a violent and unfounded police raid on her home, she finally refuses to be complacent. As she lies bleeding from a gunshot wound, her thoughts race from childhood games with her sister and visits to cousins in India, to her time in the newsroom before having her three daughters, to the early days of her relationship with a husband who now spends more time flying business class than at home. The Atlas of Reds and Blues grapples with the complexities of the second-generation American experience, what it means to be a woman of color in the workplace, and a sister, a wife, and a mother to daughters in today's America.
Publisher: Berkeley, California :, Counterpoint,, 2019
Edition: First hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781640091535
164009153X
Branch Call Number: FICTION Laskar 2019
Characteristics: 258 pages ; 22 cm
Authors: Laskar, Devi S.
Title: The atlas of reds and blues
a novel
Publisher: Berkeley, California :, Counterpoint,, 2019
Edition: First hardcover edition
Characteristics: 258 pages ; 22 cm
Summary: When a woman--known only as Mother--moves her family from Atlanta to its wealthy suburbs, she discovers that neither the times nor the people have changed since her childhood in a small Southern town. Despite the intervening decades, Mother is met with the same questions: Where are you from? No, where are you really from? The American-born daughter of Bengali immigrants, she finds that her answer-- Here --is never enough. Mother's simmering anger breaks through one morning, when, during a violent and unfounded police raid on her home, she finally refuses to be complacent. As she lies bleeding from a gunshot wound, her thoughts race from childhood games with her sister and visits to cousins in India, to her time in the newsroom before having her three daughters, to the early days of her relationship with a husband who now spends more time flying business class than at home. The Atlas of Reds and Blues grapples with the complexities of the second-generation American experience, what it means to be a woman of color in the workplace, and a sister, a wife, and a mother to daughters in today's America.
ISBN: 9781640091535
164009153X
Branch Call Number: FICTION Laskar 2019
Statement of Responsibility: Devi S. Laskar
Copyright Date: ©2019
Subject Headings: Police shootings Fiction Immigrants Fiction Immigrants. fast (OCoLC)fst00967712 Police shootings. fast (OCoLC)fst01068686
Genre/Form: Fiction.-(OCoLC)fst01423787
Topical Term: Police shootings
Immigrants
Immigrants
Police shootings
LCCN: 2018023436
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When a woman--known only as Mother--moves her family from Atlanta to its wealthy suburbs, she discovers that neither the times nor the people have changed since her childhood in a small Southern town. Despite the intervening decades, Mother is met with the same questions: Where are you from? No, ... Read More »

"It provides a different point of view about racism in America and has a different narrative structure."

"In the time span of a single morning, this book unravels the life of the main character through flashbacks as she lies bleeding in her driveway after a gunshot. It contains moving, complex and thought-provoking examinations on racism in America and also parenting."


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