This is an absolutely unbelievable story, written by the man who lived it. I couldn't put it down. What a success against such odds. It was amazing to me to see the treatment Gregory received growing up in Muncie in the 1950s and 60s. I'll never forget this book. I read it three or four years ago and the story is still with me. You won't regret reading this one.
I originally read this book about 10 years ago and was fascinated with the story. I found it was thoughtful and well-written. Of course, the subject matter is compelling and evokes various emotions. I've picked it for my book club to read and will be interested to get feedback at the next meeting.
Astonishing and riveting, not least because I am only 6 years younger than the author and grew up in the same small city.
1950s race relations (in the Midwest) and child poverty are large parts of Williams's memoir. This brilliantly written book may be the best I have obtained from paperbackswap in my 7 or 8 years as a member.
"Greogory and Mike were two white kids with not a worry in life until their alcoholic father beat their mother one time too many.
She left the kids with their father and fled scared for her life. After their father's business diminished, they had to move to Munchie, Indiana and learn the horrid truth of their lives, they were now known as "colored" in white skin.
The father that they had been led to belive was Italian, was really a black man that crossed over trying to make a better life for himself and his children." amazon
Told from the older boy's perspective in the 1950s and 60s.
I really enjoyed this read. Coming from a family with a mixed brrod, this made me think about the thoughts of biracial individuals. But, this is a story of someone who thought they were black, but found out they were biracial. A good read.