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BOOK REVIEW: IN THE LIGHT OF YOU
BY NATHAN SINGER

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We have in America today a group of young people who are basically throwaways. They don't fit. They may be white kids in an predominately black school. They may be kids kicked out of their homes or kids who have left abusive homes. They may be kids whose families have moved around so often they have quit trying to adjust. They may be poor, illiterate, or foreign born. But for whatever reason, they don't fit into society.

Singer's third novel, In the Light of You, tells the story of two such kids, Mikal Fanon and Sherry Nicholas. Both Sherry and Mikal fell in with the Neo-Nazi group because the didn't fit into any other group. It was disturbing how easily they were each sucked into the Neo-Nazi underground by the charismatic leader, Richard Lovecraft. The Skinheads first became their friends, and then they became their family-just swallowing them up into the fold. Later, for different reasons, they each became involved with a radical leftist group of extremists-a group that is the polar opposite of the Skinheads. This powerful book takes readers into these underground organizations and lets us experience what life is like inside these groups. While much of their days are spend doing mundane things like playing computer games and figuring out what they are going to eat, when these groups “get active,” much of the activity is quite frankly frightening. It makes for gritty, dark and violent reading that leaves the reader uneasy.

While In the Light of You is basically a “coming of age” novel, this book is perhaps the most thought provoking book I've read in a couple of years. While it was an uncomfortable book for me, far from my preferred reading choices, the portrayal of the subversive radical groups made for fascinating reading. As much as I wanted to put the book aside and forget about it, I could not. Sherry and Mikal's story had me hooked until the very last page.

REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, CARYN ST. CLAIR


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