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Welcome to Braggsville

Author: T Geronimo Johnson
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Born and raised in the heart of old Dixie, D'aron Davenport finds himself in unfamiliar territory his freshman year at UC Berkeley. Two thousand miles and a world away from his childhood, he is a small-town fish floundering in the depths of a large, hyper-liberal pond. Caught between the prosaic values of his rural hometown and the intellectualized multicultural cosmopolitanism of Berzerkeley, the nineteen-year-old  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Black humor (Literature)
Satire
Black humor
Fiction
Satirical literature
Named Person: D'aron (Fictitious character) Davenport
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: T Geronimo Johnson
ISBN: 9780062302120 0062302124 9780062302137 0062302132
OCLC Number: 885313117
Description: 354 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: T. Geronimo Johnson.

Abstract:

Born and raised in the heart of old Dixie, D'aron Davenport finds himself in unfamiliar territory his freshman year at UC Berkeley. Two thousand miles and a world away from his childhood, he is a small-town fish floundering in the depths of a large, hyper-liberal pond. Caught between the prosaic values of his rural hometown and the intellectualized multicultural cosmopolitanism of Berzerkeley, the nineteen-year-old white kid is uncertain about his place until one disastrous party brings him three idiosyncratic best friends: Louis, a "kung-fu comedian" from California; Candice, an earnest do-gooder claiming Native roots from Iowa; and Charlie, an introspective inner-city black teen from Chicago. They dub themselves the "4 Little Indians." But everything changes in the group's alternative history class, when D'aron lets slip that his Georgia hometown hosts an annual Civil War reenactment, recently rebranded "Patriot Days." His announcement is met with righteous indignation, and inspires Candice to suggest a "performative intervention" to protest the reenactment. Armed with youthful self-importance, makeshift slave costumes, righteous zeal, and their own misguided ideas about the South, the 4 Little Indians descend on Braggsville. Their journey through backwoods churches, backroom politics, Waffle Houses, and drunken family barbecues is uproarious to start, but will have devastating consequences. Using a panoply of styles and tones, from tragicomic to Southern Gothic, Johnson skewers issues of class, race, intellectual and political chauvinism, Obamaism, social media, and much more.
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