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In weaving fiction and family history alongside historical events, Winfred Cook offers a brilliant literary debut in UNCLE OTTO. The novel is complex in plot and character development, displaying one of the most sophisticated analyses of black migration from southern rural settings to those of the urban north during the early 20th century in the United States. The joy, struggle, and tragedy that pervades UNCLE OTTO is the best that contemporary novelists have to offer.

Ingrid Banks is the author of HAIR MATTERS: BEAUTY, POWER, AND BLACK WOMEN'S CONSCIOUSNESS and 
an Associate Professor of Black Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara.

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