His short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize on three occasions and the body of his work published in the Carolina Quarterly was nominated for a GE Outstanding Young Writer Award in In , Jim became Playwright-in-Residence at 7Stages and continues in that capacity to the present. His third full length play, Mr. Universe, was produced in the newly-renovated theatre in July-September

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Black people raised a fist and chanted for black power. Somehow we negotiated a space between those poles and learned to sit in classrooms together…. Lawyers, judges, adults declared that the days of separate schools were over, but we were the ones who took the next step. History gave us a piece of itself.

We made of it what we could. In an effort to understand just how this deep division has perpetuated, critically acclaimed novelist Jim Grimsley decided to revisit that turbulent time when in the school in his small eastern North Carolina town was first integrated.

What he did not realize until he began to mix with these new students was just how deeply ingrained his own prejudices were, and how those prejudices had developed in him despite the fact that prior to starting sixth grade, he had actually never known any black people. Now, over forty years later, Grimsley looks back at that school and those times—remembering his own first real encounters with black children and their culture—and at his growing awareness of his own mostly unrecognized racist attitudes.

The result is a narrative that is both true and deeply moving. One of the most extraordinary passages in the book is a catalog of all the casual ways the N-word was easily deployed around him from early childhood, even by his parents: from racist nursery rhymes to racist similes — smelling like, dressing like, dancing like, with hair like. An elegiac reminder that 40 years later, those tensions have not been entirely laid to rest.

There were many good people in his life — good people who were also racists. When he explores if and how those characteristics can coexist, he brings together his present and his past. In a world that continues to struggle with race relations, How I Shed My Skin is a stunning beacon of hope.

We long for it, but we do not know what it will be nor what it will demand of us. The boy in this narrative is becoming a man in a time of enormous change, and his point of view is like a razor cutting through a callous. Painful and healing.

Forthright and enormously engaging. This is a book to collect and share and treasure. Good White People is no exception. Here, he renders history not on the grand, sociological scale where it is usually written, but on the very personal terms, where it is lived.

This is an exquisite, careful story of a white boy of simple background and great innocence. Jones County, North Carolina, in the late sixties and early seventies was a small world. As a graduate of neighboring Goldsboro High in the same period, I identified with every scene. Vivid, precise, and utterly honest, Good White People is a time-machine of sorts, a reminder that our past is every bit as complex as our present, and that broad cultural changes are often intimate, personal, and idiosyncratic.

While I was reading, I kept thinking two things. One, this is totally shocking.


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Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. Francisville, Louisiana , a small Southern town with his parents Thomas Jay Ryan and Diana Scarwid and starts to befriend the older boy next door, Roy Maximillian Roeg , fellow high school student and bus driver, who is in a relationship with Evelyn Rooney Mara. While Roy is teaching Nathan how to solve an algebra problem, Nathan touches his hand. After they finish their work, the boys go for a walk in the woods, finding an old cemetery, where they stop and start kissing. They undress down to everything but socks and underwear, and lie in an embrace together.


Shelves: historical , eagerly-read , library Powerful silent imagery Grimsley uses the third person present to tell us this story. This distance mirrors the same distance that Nathan needs to be able to survive what he has been through. So with this writing tool Grimsley puts us in the picture by making us feel the distance, the silence, the invisibility, the loneliness, the wariness. The distrust Nathan feels Powerful silent imagery The distrust Nathan feels is even transmitted in our view of Roy. We know Roy through Nathan, and like Nathan I wanted the relationship, Roy, to be something good but like Nathan I could not fully trust that he would not hurt him either.





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