We Love You, Charlie Freeman

We Love You, Charlie Freeman

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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The Freeman family--Charles, Laurel, and their daughters, teenage Charlotte and nine-year-old Callie--have been invited to the Toneybee Institute in rural Massachusetts to participate in a research experiment. They will live in an apartment on campus with Charlie, a young chimp abandoned by his mother. The Freemans were selected for the experiment because they know sign language; they are supposed to teach it to Charlie and welcome him as a member of their family. Isolated in their new, nearly all-white community not just by their race but by their strange living situation, the Freemans come undone. And when Charlotte discovers the truth about the Institute's history of questionable studies, the secrets of the past begin to invade the present. The power of this novel resides in Kaitlyn Greenidge's undeniable storytelling talents. What appears to be a story of mothers and daughters, of sisterhood put to the test, of adolescent love and grown-up misconduct, and of history's long reach, becomes a provocative and compelling exploration of America's failure to find a language to talk about race.
Publisher: [United States] : Algonquin Books : Made available through hoopla, 2016
ISBN: 9781616206079
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Dec 04, 2018

This is one of the most unusual books I have read in a long while. The story is "scattered" among several characters, each a bit odd and filled with quiet desperation. I couldn't recommend it...

multcolib_karene Apr 02, 2016

I chose this book because of the theme - a family raising a chimpanzee (I loved We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves) but this book is about so much more than just a chimp in a human family. It describes coming of age, family relationships, and race. It's a book about how we try (and fail) to talk about these things. The author very convincingly tells the story through the voices of several different characters. Fantastic book!

LPL_KateG Mar 18, 2016

I wanted to live inside this book at times - Kaitlyn Greenidge's writing is so vivid and conversational and absorbing. This book deals with the lived experiences of people of color (specifically black women) in America. It's also a story of language acquisition, family, fitting in, and finding yourself. I look forward to many more novels from this author!


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