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Book Review: Celebrating diversity on Loving Day

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It’s a bad time for Warren Duffy. His comic book shop has failed. His marriage to his wife, a beautiful Welsh woman, has crashed and burned. His comic book shop in Cardiff has gone out of business. On top of that, his Irish-American father has died, and Warren is returning to America to move into his father’s half-renovated, roofless, haunted mansion in Philadelphia. At a comic-book convention there, he encounters his daughter, whose face is a perfect reflection of Warren’s white father and black mother. This is the unlikely premise of Loving Day (Spiegel & Grau, May 2015) Mat Johnson’s moving, comic novel that examines the gulfs between races, relatives, and the living and the dead. Johnson’s deft comic hand…

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