Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, August 13, 2020.
Maurice Carlos Ruffin on his book We Cast a Shadow, a keen satire of surviving racism in America.
A profoundly moving family story, the center of the book is a father who just wants his son to thrive in a broken world. Ruffin was a recipient of an Iowa Review Award in fiction and the winner of the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition for Novel-in-Progress.
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