RARA-AVIS: Re: Willeford's Pick Up

Mark Sullivan (AnonymeInc@webtv.net)
Sat, 28 Aug 1999 16:32:20 -0400 (EDT)


There is no way to discuss this without giving something away.

Personally, I was disappointed by the last line of Willeford's Pick-Up, thought it was a cheap and gimmicky end to an otherwise top-rate first novel. I thought the shock twist that it was an interracial relationship was totally unecessary. For me at least, it turned what was an interesting story about a doomed love affair into a social text. If it was supposed to be a study of racism, then it shouldn't have been saved to the end. On the other hand, if it was supposed to show race didn't matter, why specify at the end? Now granted, Willeford has explored race in other books, such as Black Mass of Brother Springer, but I figure the handling of it here was just Willeford as first-time novelist thinking he needed a twist, so he held it back until the end.


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