Maurice Carlos Ruffin Signs We Cast a Shadow

Photo:  Clare Welsh

We are absolutely delighted to be hosting an award-winning writer and debut novelist this Spring Break: Maurice Carlos Ruffin, a skilled wordsmith and a rising star in the literary world.  Prior to the highly anticipated release of We Cast a Shadow late this January, Mr. Ruffin has published work in literary periodicals including Virginia Quarterly Review, The Kenyon Review, and The Massachusetts Review, and also in Rebecca Solnit's Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas.  An MFA graduate of UNO's Creative Writing program, Mr. Ruffin is a Southern writer to watch, and we look forward to his book signing this Spring.

About the Book:

"In a near-future Southern city, everyone is talking about a new experimental medical procedure that boasts unprecedented success rates. In a society plagued by racism, segregation, and private prisons, this operation saves lives with a controversial method--by turning people white. Like any father, our unnamed narrator just wants the best for his son Nigel, a biracial boy whose black birthmark is getting bigger by the day. But in order to afford Nigel's whiteness operation, our narrator must make partner as one of the few black associates at his law firm, jumping through a series of increasingly absurd hoops--from diversity committees to plantation tours to equality activist groups--in a tragicomic quest to protect his son. This electrifying, suspenseful novel is, at once, a razor-sharp satire of surviving racism in America and a profoundly moving family story. In the tradition ofRalph Ellison's Invisible Man, We Cast a Shadow fearlessly shines a light on the violence we inherit, and on the desperate things we do for the ones we love."


“An incisive and necessary work of brilliant satire… It is a chilling, unforgettable cautionary tale, and one we should all read and heed."

Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist, Hunger, and Difficult Women


“[A] brilliant, semisatirical debut . . . Though Ruffin’s novel is in the vein of satires like Paul Beatty’s The Sellout and the film Get Out, it is more bracingly realistic in rendering the divisive politics of contemporary America, making for a singular and unforgettable work of political art.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review


“Brilliant and devastating.”

Booklist, Starred Review


“Maurice Ruffin pulls off, especially at the level of subtext and temporality, something I've never seen from a first time novelist…We Cast A Shadow is the finely crafted quake the American novel needed.”

Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy


Event date: 

Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 10:00am

Event address: 

89 Central Square
Seaside, FL 32459
We Cast a Shadow: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525509066
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: One World - January 29th, 2019

“An incisive and necessary” (Roxane Gay) debut for fans of Get Out and Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, about a father’s obsessive quest to protect his son—even if it means turning him white

Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas Cover Image
ISBN: 9780520274044
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Published: University of California Press - November 18th, 2013

Like the bestselling Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, this book is a brilliant reinvention of the traditional atlas, one that provides a vivid, complex look at the multi-faceted nature of New Orleans, a city replete with contradictions.


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