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The author of the book: Kaitlyn Greenidge
Edition: Thorndike Press
Date of issue: September 21st 2016
ISBN: 1410492087
ISBN 13: 9781410492081
Language: English
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This debut novel has a very intriguing premise, that of a family chosen to teach sign language to a chimpanzee. Not only were the Freemans tasked with teaching Charlie sign language, they were also responsible for accepting Charlie as a member of their own family. In order to accomplish this undertaking, the Freemans relocate to the Toneybee Institute in Massachusetts from their home in Dorchester. From the teenaged Charlotte, one of the narrators in this story, we learn "In Dorchester, our constant signing, our bookish ways and bans from fast-food restaurants and booty music, assured that me and Callie were unpopular on the block." Mother Laurel tells the girls that this may be their opportunity to make history. Charlotte is hoping to establish an identity, not as the unpopular girl any longer, but one that is perhaps accepted because of her differences in a new school – one of these being that she is one of the only black students amongst a crowd of nearly all white children in this more rural community. Her sister Callie just hopes to get some attention and love. Their father Charles seemed as if he was just along for the ride, going along with Laurel's whim to be a part of this research experiment with Charlie. Thus begins their “adventure” which in fact turns out to rattle the family dynamics rather than unify their little group.

Alternating with this early 1990’s plot line of the Freeman family, this novel also takes us even farther back in time to the 1920s to the story of Nymphadora and her connection with the early research at the Toneybee Institute. We are also introduced to one of the institute’s employees, a slick anthropologist named Dr. Gardner. He develops a relationship with Nymphadora in the name of science. Much of what happens here is uncomfortable and disturbing. Thirty-six year old Nymphadora aches for acceptance, friendship and love. Having lost her parents, she is an easy target. "I missed my one true friend, my mother. She and I were close in a way I don’t think many other mothers and daughters were. I slept beside her every night of my childhood: so near to her back, I could probably sketch the constellation of moles and freckles on her skin there… I miss her, with a never-ending ache that I did not think was possible, that crowds out any other feeling and certainly all my reason, and any good sense."

A connection between the two timelines is eventually established and it definitely held my interest. There were many issues explored here including race, loneliness, acceptance, language, sexual identity, and human and animal research rights. I think it was a very ambitious undertaking to examine so much in one novel. It was perhaps a bit too much. Character development suffered a bit with the attempt to delve into so many complex topics. The last portion of the book felt less cohesive, the plot rushed through to the end. I hoped to learn more about Charlie and his progress with learning sign language, but he was often left aside and instead used as a means for other characters to express both their goals and their insecurities. I grew to truly dislike Laurel and seriously doubted her adequacy as a mother. For the most part I did like the way Nymphadora’s story was wrapped up, although there were some questions there as well. I certainly admired the crisp and matter of fact style to the writing and think that Kaitlyn Greenidge is off to a great start. With a little bit of fine tuning the next time around, I would not hesitate to pick up her next book. This one was certainly a good read overall.


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Ebook We Love You Charlie Freeman read Online! Kaitlyn Greenidge received her MFA from Hunter College. Greenidge was the recipient of a Hertog Fellowship and the Bernard Cohen Short Story Prize. She was a Bread Loaf scholar, a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace artist-in-residence, and a Johnson State College visiting emerging writer. Her work has appeared in the Believer, the Feminist Wire, At Length, Fortnight Journal, Green Mountains Review, Afrobeat Journal, the Tottenville Review, and American Short Fiction. Originally from Boston, she now lives in Brooklyn. Her debut novel, We Love You, Charlie Freeman will be published by Algonquin Books in March 2016.


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