cover image of IN THE FALLING SNOWAbsorbing study of an outsider and his midlife crisis. Keith Gordon, a black man in London, estranged from his white wife and increasingly stonewalled by his teenage son, finally realizes (sometime after just about everyone else around him does) that he is having some kind of a breakdown. At the root of Keith’s current malaise, beyond the aforementioned obvious factors, is his lifelong confusion about his origins and early life: his long-dead, barely remembered mother, his mentally ill father, the white stepmother who raised him. Much is revealed in a torrential, searing monologue that constitutes most of the final segment of the book, in which Keith’s father Earl relates the circumstances of his own arrival in England from the West Indies, and how Keith came to be. A rather chilly — yet curiously hopeful — novel.

4 stars