Black Card

Black Card

With dark humor, Chris L. Terry?s Black Card is an uncompromising examination of American identity. In an effort to be ?black enough,? a mixed-race punk rock musician indulges his own stereotypical views of African American life by doing what his white bandmates call ?black stuff.? After remaining silent during a racist incident, the unnamed narrator has his Black Card rev With dark humor, Chris L. Terry?s Black Card is an uncompromising examination of American identity. In an eff...

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Title:Black Card
Author:Chris L. Terry
ISBN:Black Card
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  • Black Card: A Novel
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Edition Language:English
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  • Aaron
    Sep 10, 2019
    One of the stock pieces of writing advice for writers is "write what you know". This dude took it to heart. It rings true, just about everything rings so sincere and tactile that it's really ridiculous. From the cringey racism of white people at karaoke night, to the logistics of dirtb...
  • karen
    Aug 01, 2019
    UPDATE: so i went to chris' reading at books are magic and it went great, and afterwards it was all compressed signing-line longtime no see catching-up: howza wife and kid and swapping freelance woes and then O LET US POSE FOR A PICTURE TOGETHER rude. (view spoiler)[ ...
  • Gphatty
    Oct 02, 2019
    The premise was interesting and I gave it a shot. For the beginning of the book, I did get a little tired of reading about the problems of aimless young adults (I'm twice their age), but I did really enjoy learning the mind of our lead character. In the end, what appeared at first glan...
  • Amelia
    Jul 01, 2019
    BLACK CARD takes the teenage search for the self through a sharp and surreal map of punk-southern-rap-rock Virginia, drawn and crossed in racial lines and guided by the heart and wit of Chris Terry?s indelible characters. A kickflip classic. ...
  • Tony DuShane
    Jul 02, 2019
    A super fun read right from page one. ...
  • Dave
    Aug 23, 2019
    I had high expectations and this book totally exceeded them. I don't often laugh out loud when reading but this book got me a few times. I can't recommend it enough. I've already given away one copy as a gift and it's only been out like a week. ...
  • Drew
    Apr 04, 2019
  • Matt Glaviano
    Sep 06, 2019
    3.5 stars. Subject matter-wise, and for the story within the writing, I'd rate this higher. I loved the profusion and conflict of racial, political, and even musical ideologies. I always love a book that take music seriously, and makes it integral to the plot; from that POV, being r...
  • Rebecca H.
    Aug 24, 2019
    The novel Black Card contains a literal Black Card that its narrator is desperately trying to win back. He?s the son of a black father and Irish American mother, and his skin color means he can pass as white?at least some of the time, with some people. His looks are ambiguous enoug...
  • Kaitlin
    Sep 13, 2019
    I read the majority of this book in two very long sittings (one at a bar, one at the Manhattan DMV, to give you an idea of how long) and, while I actually think it might be better-suited to short spurts, like a commute, I did really enjoy immersing myself in its world for that long. An...
  • Dustin Kurtz
    Mar 11, 2019
  • Jonathan
    Aug 09, 2019
    ?it?s easy to lose it when you?re looking for yourself? . 4.5 . Black Card is a satirical novel that reads almost like a memoir. It delicately explores life of a mixed race man living in the old confederate capitol of Richmond Va. Terry has created a work so searing and tru...
  • Nia Forrester
    Sep 07, 2019
    You ever read a book that you're just happy was written? 'Black Card' is one such book for me. I mean, there have been a couple of those this year, but this one in particular felt timely and important. I read about this book long before it was released, and admit I was somewhat disappo...
  • Paris (parisperusing)
    Aug 16, 2019
    It pains me, what I have to say about Chris L. Terry's Black Card. This novel could have been so much more effective than it was, but its potential, sadly, was marred by its own neediness of misapplying every black stereotype you could imagine. That isn't, however, the bone I have to p...
  • Uriel Perez
    May 06, 2019
    Chris L. Terry?s hilariously unnerving novel, ?Black Card,? grapples with questions of racial identity, pitting one mixed-race, punk-rocking barista against an alarmingly racist circle of friends and strangers, a police investigation that views him as the prime suspect of a viole...
  • Lavon Youins
    Sep 12, 2019
    I myself am biracial (Black/Korean) who lives in the South, so I know firsthand the struggle concerning confederate monuments, microaggressions committed by friends - and having them allow others to openly racially-antagonize you directly. I also know the struggle of having to atone fo...
  • Pete Hsu
    Jul 15, 2019
    This is my kind of book! Smart, funny and heartbreaking. The unnamed protagonist is a mixed-race black guy in Virginia who?s trying to navigate his conflicted desire to: (1) continue participating within the levels of racist America while also (2) desperately (re)claim his black ...
  • Catapult
    Feb 04, 2019
    Black Card is the satirical story of a mixed-race punk rock musician who, determined to win back his coveted Black Card, is suspected of a violent crime in early 2000s Richmond, Virginia, and is confronted with the alienation and everyday aggressions experienced in an absurd world divi...
  • Jake Kasten
    Sep 23, 2019
    It's hard to put an actual star number to this book. It's a seemingly autobiographical novel about coming to a personal understanding of race, but it seems very heavy handed in it's use of stereotypes (both good and bad), even as the protagonist is coming to terms with who he is. I...
  • Sarah Langan
    Aug 10, 2019
    I got an advance copy of Chris Terry's Black Card. It's a propulsive coming of age story, about a mixed race kid who doesn't know who he is, or whether he should listen to the voices in his head. ...
  • Alexander P.
    Sep 15, 2019
    One of the best of 2019. Brilliant prose, spot-on descriptions, and a main character you wish to spend more time than this wonderfully-paced novel gives you. This is definitely a book Terry should be eating off for years to come. ...
  • Erika Kraus
    Jun 24, 2019
    I won this book in the giveaway! I was entertained and interested throughout the story and I already have someone in mind to pass it along to! ...
  • Lizenbyl
    Jul 21, 2019
    This book is about a young gentlemen trying to figure out is he "black" or is he "white." The book started out slow and had a minimally effective plot. Book was a quick read. ...
  • Christy Rogers
    May 25, 2019
    Black Card is searing yet approachable. It's complex and layered, yet the message is so simple. The unnamed narrator and his imaginary guide demonstrate the complexities of race in today's society, particularly in the divided south. Race is not just a side of a coin. It has nuances and...
  • james r. hise
    Aug 27, 2019
    Where do I start?! This book was riveting. I couldn't put it down. It was powerful, emotional and completely relatable. The characters are so we'll developed I felt like I was reading a story about my friends. I can't wait to see what Chris L. Terry writes next! ...
  • Abby
    Sep 03, 2019
  • Luann
    Jul 05, 2019
    I received this from Goodreads as an ARC. As a white female, it was a very interesting read. I was thinking as I was reading about my grandchildren who are mixed, hoping that they will be able to continue to find their way in a world that's not always easy to navigate. Thanks for shari...
  • James Spooner
    Jul 02, 2019
    Chris Terry beat me to the punch. This book has all the stuff I?d put into a book of writing about my own life. He writes about mixed race identity and punk rock in a way that only someone who has lived it could. I recommend this to anyone who has an interest in either. ...
  • Lee Barnes
    Aug 31, 2019
    A quick, affecting read about a biracial person's experiences of coming to terms with their intersectional identity in Richmond, VA. Black Card challenges racist tropes and cliches through a self-aware satirical lens, while simultaneously providing levity with a touch of magical realis...
  • Ashton
    Sep 26, 2019
    This book is absolutely fantastic. The story itself is well written and progresses with ease. The actual plot points and thought exercises within the story are where the novel becomes increasingly important to the race conversations happening in America today. I cannot recommend this n...