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Pushkin and the Queen of Spades

Randall, Alice (Book - 2004 )
Pushkin and the Queen of Spades
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Houghton
Windsor Armstrong is a polished, Harvard-educated African American professor of Russian literature. Her son, Pushkin X, is an exceedingly famous pro football player, an achievement that impresses his mother not at all. Even more distressing, however, her beloved son has just become engaged to a gorgeous white Russian émigré who also happens to be a lap dancer.
For Windsor this predicament is no laughing matter. Determined to get to the bottom of it, she embarks on a journey into her own rich past: to her Motown childhood, where the Temptations danced across the stage and love came disguised as a sharply dressed gangster; to Harvard, where she endured the humiliation of being an unwed black teen mother; to St. Petersburg, where the verses of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, great-grandson of an African slave, moved through her head as she made love to her own white Russian. The urge to protect her son has been Windsor’s only goal, but as she draws ever closer to the secret that has cast a shadow over her life, the identity of her son's father, she discovers that the half-lies she has fed her boy don’t add up to the beauty of the truth.
Balancing sharp-witted humor with profundity, sexiness with psychological depth, this is an exhilarating ride straight through the racially divided heart of contemporary America , which also probes the universal question of what it means to be a good mother. Pushkin and the Queen of Spades is a provocative, enormously entertaining novel that will change the landscape of literary fiction.


Baker & Taylor
Explores the racial divide in America through the character of Harvard-educated African American professor Windsor Armstrong--a liberal black woman who is troubled by her son's romantic interest in a white Russian stripper.

Blackwell North Amer
Windsor Armstrong is a polished, Harvard-educated African American professor of Russian literature. Her son, Pushkin X, is an exceedingly famous pro football player, an achievement that impresses his mother not at all. Even more distressing, however, her beloved son has just become engaged to a gorgeous white Russian emigre who also happens to be a lap dancer.
For Windsor this predicament is no laughing matter. Determined to get to the bottom of it, she embarks on a journey into her own rich past to her Motown childhood, where the Temptations danced across the stage and love came disguised as a sharply dressed gangster; to Harvard, where she endured the humiliation of being an unwed black teen mother; to St. Petersburg, where the verses of the brilliant Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, great-grandson of an African slave, moved through her head as she made love to her own white Russian. The urge to protect her son has been Windsor's only goal, but as she draws ever closer to the secret that has cast a shadow over her life, the identity of her son's father, she discovers that the half-lies she has fed her boy don't add up to the beauty of the truth.

Baker
& Taylor

The author of The Wind Done Gone explores the racial divide in America through the character of Harvard-educated African-American professor of Russian literature Windsor Armstrong--a liberal black woman who is troubled by her son's romantic interest in a white Russian stripper.

Authors: Randall, Alice
Statement of Responsibility: Alice Randall
Title: Pushkin and the Queen of Spades
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2004
Characteristics: 282 p. ; 24 cm.
Subject Headings: Russian teachers Fiction Mothers and sons Fiction Football players Fiction Interracial dating Fiction Parent and adult child Fiction African American families Fiction African American women college teachers Fiction Pushkin, Aleksandr Sergeevich, 1799-1837 Appreciation Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Humorous fiction
Topical Term: Black author
Russian teachers
Mothers and sons
Football players
Interracial dating
Parent and adult child
African American families
African American women college teachers
Local Subject Heading: Black author
LCCN: 2003067566
ISBN: 0618433600
Research Call Number: Sc E 04-795
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