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Aling with the reappearance of a lost love from his days as a 60s activist Toussaint is abducted by two improbable but still dangerous white supremacists plotting to explode a bomb at Obama's planned rally in Grant Park Toussaint and Carson are forced to remember the choices they made as idealistic impatient young men when both their lives were changed profoundly by their work in the civil rights movement. Great read The author does a great job of incorporating flashbacks from 40 years earlier to show how the protagonist got to the point he's at today The story takes place on election day in 2008 the day Barack Obama is elected president when a black newspaper journalist slips a scathing editorial into the Chicago paper and is kidnapped by two unscrupulous characters who plan to assassinate the president elect and blow themselves up in the process The story started off with a bang and kept my interest Leonard Pitts is an awesome writer
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Grant ParkIt unfolds Disillusioned columnist Malcolm Toussaint fueled by yet another report of unarmed black men killed by police hacks into his newspaper's server to post an incendiary column that had been rejected by his editors Toussaint then disappears and his longtime editor Bob Carson is summarily fired within hours of the column's publicationWhile a furious Carson tries to find Toussaint at the same time de. A writer friend of mine told me about Leonard Pitts’ book Grant Park The first thing that struck me was the title Who is Grant Park I’m a California girl so I had no idea Grant Park is a place and not a who It’s a large park in Chicago Actually I should have known this because it’s where President Obama held his Election Day victory speech and in this historical novel there’s a plot to murder President Obama if he’s electedThe book opens with a riveting scene featuring Dr Martin Luther King at the Lorraine hotel and his infamous assassination Pitts with his masterful descriptive writing pulls me in and doesn’t let me go I soak up every word and my mind is flooded with images of King on that fateful day Then I’m introduced to the protagonist—Malcolm Toussaint who when the story shifts to the present day I learn is a sixty year old columnist But at this moment in time he’s a young man who wants to tell Dr King that he’s returning to the “white school” he had left in a huff full of anger and disgust with the system and the state of the nation But before he has a chance to do so Dr King is shot by a gunman that Malcolm actually sees but fails to say anything That failure to act haunts him his entire life The book then shifts to present day where Malcolm is now a 60 year old disgruntled columnist for a Chicago newspaper Not unlike his younger self—he’s tired of the system and the injustices faced by people of color He writes a scathing column that the powers that be at the paper refuse to publish However Malcolm surreptitiously gets access to his boss’ computer and approves the column that runs in the paper the next day resulting in him and his boss being fired What Malcolm doesn’t plan on is his subseuent kidnapping by two bumbling racists From there the book takes off with the speed and force of a fighter jet I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough wondering what was going to happen to Malcolm The story beautifully woven moves from the sixties to 2008 and back seamlessly Malcolm is joined by several other pivotal characters including his boss Bob who was fired from the paper and young reporter named Amy and Bob’s college sweetheart Janeka Grant not only tells a story that’s engaging and enlightening but he brilliantly uses his characters to shed a klieg light on race relations through their dialogues and self reflection and analysis As a reader you actually come away from the book with a better understanding about why African American’s feel that they have been the victims of injustice and why whites feel they shouldn’t be blamed Basically you get both sides of the coin If you’re looking for a suspenseful action packed superbly written novel that will stimulate you intellectually and emotionally you must get a copy of Grant Park