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"But I don''t look like a Jewish Negro or a black Jew. I look like
a black. I am of average height, of average build, with wavy hair
that I wear very short, and very dark skin. Talk about an identity
Ten years after Crabbe, Bell returns to the theme of a
young man wrestling with his identity. Zack Lane is uncomfortable
with his mixed racial origins. He knows much about his father''s
side, the descendants of Romanian Jews, but his mother broke all
ties with her family before Zack was born. Why she did so is the
Zack has recently been uprooted when his parents moved from the
largest city in Canada to the outskirts of a small town.
Friendless, unsuccessful at school and at the lowest point in his
life, he undertakes a research project into the life of Richard
Pierpoint, former African slave, soldier in the War of 1812, and
the pioneer farmer who cleared the land on which Zack''s house now
stands. Pierpoint''s story inspires Zack to go to Mississippi to
look for his maternal grandfather. What he discovers shakes the
foundations of all he has believed in.