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Pushkin and the Queen of Spades by Alice Randall

In Pushkin and the Queen of Spades, Windsor Armstrong is a strong-willed, stubborn, successful black woman who is a Harvard graduate, Fulbright scholar, and professor of Russian studies. She's also a single mother to her son, Pushkin X, named after her favorite Russian poet and Malcolm X. Pushkin, however, has no use for literature or his mother's world, but is a powerful football player about to enter the NFL. When he tells his mom that he's getting married, to a white Russian girl who is a lap dancer, it sets his mother off. To understand her son's decisions in life, Windsor is forced to confront her own past and racial attitudes. Windsor is initially hard to like, but as the layers of her character are peeled back, her actions become understandable and sympathetic. This novel by Alice Randall (author of The Wind Done Gone) has received positive reviews with January Magazine saying, "Had I the power to alter Pushkin and the Queen on Spades, I wouldn't change a thing. It is just right as it sits. Perfect."
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