Episode 4: Your Face in Mine by Jess Row
Your Face in Mine begins when Kelly Thorndike encounters an old friend, Martin, on the streets of Baltimore, where both went to high school. But back in their high school days, Martin was white. Now he is black, a pioneer of what he terms "racial reassignment surgery." He decides he wants Kelly to tell his story, launching a profitable business of racial reassignment, with himself as poster child and CEO. Kelly, whose wife and three-year-old child were killed in a car accident a year and a half ago, and who has recently moved back to Baltimore, agrees.
Jess Row talks about how the concept of this novel came to him, his reaction to the Rachel Dolezal controversy, and what his book has to say about race in America.
Guest readers Ian Solomon and Shifra Sharlin join host Cyd Oppenheimer to talk about identity, re-invention, and what Vladimir Nabokov has to do with it all.