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Everywhere You Don’t Belong

By Gabriel Bump


261 pages

What’s it about? Claude McKay Love is coming of age in Chicago’s South Shore- just as Obama is rising in politics.   Claude is a kid dealing with more than his fair share of problems.  Claude’s everyday existence is different than most of us would imagine.
What did it make me think about? All the young people who live in precarious situations.
Should I read it? What an unusual and compelling book!  Claude is my favorite literary character of 2021 (ok it is only January 10th…).  This book was uneven, funny, heartbreaking, and so very readable.  I am so glad I picked this one up!
Quote- “And my life went on like that: people coming and going, valuable things left in a hurry”

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