Congratulations to Blanche McCrary Boyd on the huge success of her first novel in twenty years! She was at work on it when she joined us in Brooklyn a few years ago. From these reviews, it was obviously worth the wait.
“Tomb of the Unknown Racist is a thrilling novel set in the shadow of the Oklahoma City bombing, the subculture of white supremacy, and deep state government. A family drama set against political and racial struggle, it is a tour de force end to a trilogy by a stunning writer whose work has offered a resonant survey of politics and activism across the American experience.” AMAZON, designating it a Book of the Month
“In this suspenseful novel, the last in a trilogy, Boyd gives a chilling portrait of the white terrorist network in the US during the time of Timothy McVeigh, convicted of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Ellen Burns is watching TV with her mother in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1999 when she recognises her niece Ruby’s face in a news flash. Ruby’s two children have been kidnapped in New Mexico. Ellen’s brother Royce left Ruby and her Vietnamese mother in the early 1980s, when he disappeared into the white supremacist underground. He was killed in an FBI shootout in 1984. Ellen, who has her own radical past, risks her sobriety – and her life – as her search for Ruby’s children leads to unsettling revelations about her country, her family and herself.” BBC Book of the Month review.