How I Learned To Hate In Ohio: A Novel

January 19, 2021|
How I Learned To Hate In Ohio: A Novel by David Stuart MacLean
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A brilliant, hilarious, and ultimately devastating debut novel about how racial discord grows in America
 
In late-1980s rural Ohio, bright but mostly friendless Barry Nadler begins his freshman year of high school with the goal of going unnoticed as much as possible. But his world is upended by the arrival of Gurbaksh, Gary for short, a Sikh teenager who moves to his small town and instantly befriends Barry and, in Gatsby-esque fashion, pulls him into a series of increasingly unlikely adventures. As their friendship deepens, Barry’s world begins to unravel, and his classmates and neighbors react to the presence of a family so different from theirs. Through darkly comic and bitingly intelligent asides and wry observations, Barry reveals how the seeds of xenophobia and racism ?nd fertile soil in this insular community, and in an easy, graceless, unintentional slide, tragedy unfolds.
 
How I Learned to Hate in Ohio shines an uncomfortable light on the roots of white middle-American discontent and the beginnings of the current cultural war. It is at once bracingly funny, dark, and surprisingly moving, an undeniably resonant debut novel for our divided world.
 
David Stuart MacLean is a winner of the PEN Emerging Writer Award for Non?ction and author of the award-winning memoir The Answer to the Riddle Is Me. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Ploughshares, Guernica, and on This American Life. He has taught creative writing at the University of Chicago, Columbia College, and the Sch...
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Title:How I Learned To Hate In Ohio: A Novel
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:256 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.98 in
Shipping dimensions:256 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.98 in
Published:January 19, 2021
Publisher:The Overlook Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781419747199

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