Right of Passage

Author(s) : Lee Jenkins

Right of Passage

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  • Publisher : Sphinx
  • Published : July 2018
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 336
  • Category :
    Fiction
  • Catalogue No : 40447
  • ISBN 13 : 9781912573028
  • ISBN 10 : 1912573024
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Set in the heyday of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and Vietnam War era, Right of Passage explores the social change and conflict involved in that period. The emotional development of Chris, a middle-class black man, is explored—being black in white society, conflicting cultural allegiances and the contradictions of his inner life. Chris meets Miriam, a white fellow academic, an irresistible mutual attraction complicated by fear and self-doubt, and the resistance of their families. Against a background of racial conflict, interwoven with day-to-day scenes of black middle-class life, this is a picture of the inexplicable and transforming power of love, and the irony, humor, and pain involved in measuring up to self-professed humane ideals.

About the Author(s)

Lee Jenkins is a psychoanalyst in private practice and a professor emeritus at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. He received his PhD degree in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University and his psychoanalytic training at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP). He is currently a supervisor and training analyst at NPAP and other psychoanalytic institutes. He has written on literature, psychology and race relations and is a published poet. Jenkins lives with his wife on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

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Merle Molofsky on 21/01/2019 18:42:37

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A nimble storyteller, characterizations that are rich, believable and alive. His themes unfold with easy access, leading the reader to speculation, recognition, wonder: race, racism, ethnicity; the pleasure and pain of love and friendship, bonding and conflicted family ties, veering away, reconnecting through literature, music, empathic concern. There's the terrific play on words of the title--experiencing the right to the rites of passage: getting an education; earning a meaningful living; falling in love; undertaking the right way to negotiate these things and conduct one's life.

Merle Molofsky

Gila Lipton on 21/01/2019 18:35:46

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This book is a page-turner!
Flowing words address serious past and present civil rights/racial issues
within a compelling story.

As soon as I finished the book I had to begin again to
revisit endearing passages and to
make sure I didn't miss anything.

Read this book!

Gila Lipton

Charlotte Kahn on 21/01/2019 18:30:05

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This book is quite a gift to readers at this time. Although not absent from the text,the major focus is not on political divisiveness, poverty, racial hatred or crime. This novel is about the coming of age in an educated, middle class, African-American family.
Written in the first person, the intelligent and musically gifted young boy tells the story of his family life, his wondrous natural surroundings, his obstacles and the diplomacy and courage with which he handles them, the opportunities he is given and those he has created for himself--to emerge, finally, as a professor in New York City with his own family (the details of which I shall let the reader discover).
On the way, we learn about his natural adolescent sexual explorations, meet his friends, as well as his professorial colleagues at a small southern college with primarily African-American students. Their dialogues, their opinions and debates, reveal their characters as well as the diversity of their backgrounds. Throughout, the author lets the reader know the breath of his knowledge in various scientific and artistic fields outside his own specialty, notably his penetrating ethical reflections.
For any young person, this book can be an inspiration and a hope. For this reader it was a pleasure and provided a more intimate view of communities about whose trials and achievements I was insufficiently informed.

Charlotte Kahn

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