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KIRKUS REVIEWS: Clayton (In the Shape of a Man, 2013, etc.) updates the story of Rip Van Winkle in this social novel. In 2015, a backhoe at a construction site in Philadelphia unearths a coffin containing the long-slumbering Van Ripplewink, who went into the ground at age 17. He emerges half a century later without seeming to have aged—although he has grown quite a long beKIRKUS REVIEWS: Clayton (In the Shape of a Man, 2013, etc.) updates the story of Rip Van Winkle in this social novel. In 2015, a backhoe at a construction site in Philadelphia unearths a coffin containing the long-slumbering Van Ripplewink, who went into the ground at age 17. He emerges half a century later without seeming to have aged—although he has grown quite a long beard. As he stumbles through the streets of his old neighborhood, called the Avenues, he’s confused as to why the cars look different and so many stores have changed their names: “He passed a little nail salon he had never seen before, an African and Caribbean food store, the Sahara Restaurant where Wong’s Chinese restaurant had been.” Perhaps most confusing to him is the fact that all the residents now appear to be African-American or Vietnamese. After he receives a salutatory beating from a group of local youths, he’s picked up by Charles Davis, an engineer for the city’s gas company, who attempts to help the teenager get oriented. With additional assistance from his own niece, Mignon, and a member of the local homeless community, Honest John, Van attempts to make sense of the new world in which he finds himself. The only problem is that it doesn’t make that much sense to anyone else: in post-Ferguson America, racial tensions are high, and the poverty in inner-city neighborhoods like the Avenues makes it easy for anyone to get caught on the wrong side of the law ...MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW: Van Ripplewink is a normal high school boy from the late 1960 who lives in a middleclass white neighborhood in Philadelphia, that is, until an accident occurs that outs him into a coma for forty-eight years. Awaking, Van is mystified. He knows that the neighborhood is not the one he left; the area has now become an exclusively black neighborhood and the whole world seems divided along racial lines. There is whole new social dynamic based on youth gangs and crime. His parents, his friends and everyone he knows is gone; his school-closed.Still, Van makes friends among homeless people he meets, and with educated black residents like Charles and his Niece, Mignon. He also makes friends of a sort with a black wannabe street gang member who is more interested in discrediting Van's attention to Mignon, than being a friend. Van cannot understand the animosity between the black youth of Philadelphia and the police, and the bias, and blatant disregard for right and wrong coupled with the situation ethics displayed by his student newspaper editor ...Van Ripplewink is a book of complex characters who are struggling to exist in a world gone crazy. Van struggles to make sense of it, Mignon struggles to stay on the legitimate, legally acceptable side of it, Charles is concerned first with keeping Mignon safe and then Van as well. Chris is struggling to exist between his lust for Mignon and her pull to legitimacy, and his affinity for the street life and the anger he has adopted from the other street bullies.Van Ripplewink is a good read for anyone interested in stories about social dynamics and is a fascinating look into what the world has become in less than fifty years. The story is good; the view of the world from its perspective is stark and disturbing reality. 5-Stars...

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  • Kim
    2018-11-18 10:02

    “Van Ripplewink” was an interesting book which emphasized the changes in society for 1966 to 1915. Van was injured as a teenager, and buried in a cemetery, and unearthed nearly 40 years later due to a construction project. He awakes to find a whole new world. It was interesting to compare the 40 year old past to the world of today. The author incorporates incidents from 2015, such as the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, the lack of respect for policemen, and the increase of violence in our nation's cities. The author also incorporated the fact that not all people have the same values when it comes to these major issues. Van still had the values of 1966, and wanted to bring awareness to the problems we are facing these days by writing articles for the school newspaper. He wanted to alert people to the evils of ISIS, discrimination, bigotry, and the lack of work ethic, but the newspaper editor could not understand Van's point of view, and refused to print his articles. Charles, Mignon and Honest John also had values similar to Van's, but they seemed to be a minority. The book related the feelings of today's individuals, both good and bad. It also brought social issues, including welfare, our failing infrastructure, civil rights, a decline in the importance of education, and others. I found it to be thought provoking, and enlightening as to the changes in society in the past 40 years. The book would be a good one for a book club in that it brings up many political and social issues, as well as, presenting both sides of each issue. I did have one problem with this book, the ending. It seemed to just quit in the middle of things, with no clear cut ending. I don't know if there is a sequel to the book, but it could definitely use one to give the reader a more precise ending.

  • Jenn
    2018-11-12 11:51

    This book started out strong and I enjoyed seeing the different viewpoints on hot button topics from a variety of characters, but the ending absolutely ruined that for me. It was abrupt and didn't really offer much closure with the characters. An epilogue would have helped bring me down slowly from the excitement going on instead of just dropping me on my head and leaving me to wonder what happened to everyone. Was it really Van? Did Charles just stop caring what happened to Van because of his close call? Did Chris and Mignon stay together when she left for Harrisburg? It just seemed very unfinished.

  • Suzee
    2018-12-02 08:15

    Realism in spite of fairy-tale nod to Rip Van WinkleThis book opened my eyes to how sheltered I have grown up. So, in a way,it was a revelation.It was the ending that upset and disappointed me.The author's style was great,and the book was well-edited,always a plus for a free book.I think this would be a great choice for a book club /discussion group.

  • Lily
    2018-11-12 07:59

    While it looks like it could be a really interesting story, I absolutely could not stand the profanity. It was near constant in just the first few pages. No thanks.

  • Dragonpoetikfly BlackHippyPoet310 Poetry
    2018-11-12 04:49

    I didn't get the purpose of Van's resurrection. He survived death once? Or did he not truly die? Was Van really still seventeen yrs old? Out of all the political drama, and social unrest in the story nothing came together to pinpoint any denominational tether. I just didn't see what Charles position in the story mattered. To me he was just as clueless and uninformed as Van and many other characters in the story. Charles love life was moot. The only thing the author did was stereotype a black woman's place in her environment. With all the statistics, opinions and bad Ebonics on the author's behalf, the story pretty much didn't relate to much to any realistic assertions. Van's present life would've been something important, if his character had the opportunity to change things, even on a small platform. Too many questions unanswered, and the conclusion left wide open for skepticism. Thank God this book is fiction and surely not to be taken seriously in retrospect. Although I got really annoyed almost immediately after the first 5 or so chapters, I finished the book because I always give the authors the benefit of the doubt. I'm no quitter!

  • Clabe Polk
    2018-11-26 05:14

    Great Story. Its view of the world is stark and disturbing reality. Van Ripplewink is a normal high school boy from the late 1960 who lives in a middleclass white neighborhood in Philadelphia, that is, until an accident occurs that outs him into a coma for forty-eight years. Awaking, Van is mystified. He knows that the neighborhood is not the one he left; the area has now become an exclusively black neighborhood and the whole world seems divided along racial lines. There is whole new social dynamic based on youth gangs and crime. His parents, his friends and everyone he knows is gone; his school-closed.Still, Van makes friends among homeless people he meets, and with educated black residents like Charles and his Niece, Mignon. He also makes friends of a sort with a black wannabe street gang member who is more interested in discrediting Van’s attention to Mignon, than being a friend. Van cannot understand the animosity between the black youth of Philadelphia and the police, and the bias, and blatant disregard for right and wrong coupled with the situation ethics displayed by his student newspaper editor.Eventually, the interracial tensions to irrational violence fueled by media bias and outside agitators, and as always in these circumstances, many innocent people are made victims.Van Ripplewink is a book of complex characters who are struggling to exist in a world gone crazy. Van struggles to make sense of it, Mignon struggles to stay on the legitimate, legally acceptable side of it, Charles is concerned first with keeping Mignon safe and then Van as well. Chris is struggling to exist between his lust for Mignon and her pull to legitimacy, and his affinity for the street life and the anger he has adopted from the other street bullies.Van Ripplewink is a good read for anyone interested in stories about social dynamics and is a fascinating look into what the world has become in less than fifty years. The story is good; the view of the world from its perspective is stark and disturbing reality.

  • Sherri
    2018-12-05 09:12

    Left a Bit FlarThe concept of waking up following a 40 year nap is intriguing. How would you cope with the enormous changes that occurred while you were in another zone? This book had all the elements of an interesting story but it never quite managed to wrap them together to provide any closure for the characters or the reader. Pages wasted on character development that was secondary to the story might have been put to better use by devoting more attention to letting the reader have more information about the main characters.

  • Deborah
    2018-11-11 13:16

    You can't go home againWTF!!! This was one of the most strangest book I've ever read. The premise was a good hook. Just imagine losing several years of your life to suddenly become cognizant. How do you meld with society when so much history has been missed? The story kept me riveted. The ending was so abrupt, perplexing yet, thought provoking. Strange it may be but I did like it.

  • Elizabeth Alicea
    2018-11-26 09:58

    Loved It!!!This book is beautifully done, and the people in these pages, they're people you'd want to know. It's moving how the story takes a wide frame view of today's headlines from the filter of the not so distant past. Makes ya think. Will definitely be recommending to friends and family.

  • PJ Lea
    2018-11-18 07:59

    Okay.The book started off well and seemed that it would be exciting but, for me, it slowed down too much so I ended up reading a little then leaving it again. The ending was not what I expected, it seemed forced and like the story should have carried on rather than something so abrupt and inexplicable happening.

  • Elvira D Ryan
    2018-11-21 07:17

    Interesting,I rated this 4 stars because there is no real ending. I have a lot of questions regarding Van and Charles. Is Charles going to continue trying to find out what happened to him? What were the reactions when they identified the old man,if they did. A can't put down book,but no real ending.

  • Tom
    2018-11-17 04:56

    I would've given this four stars, but the ending, to be honest, disappointed me.