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A Ship Made of Paper by Scott Spencer
In A Ship Made of Paper by Scott Spencer, Daniel Emerson flees a New York City law practice after an assault by a group of black men and returns to his childhood town upriver for a safer, more comfortable life. He is accompanied by his lover, Kate, and her daughter, Ruby. He finds himself falling in love with Iris, a black woman whose son is Ruby's best friend. Giving in to temptation, Daniel's and Iris's interracial affair sets off a series of events that echo through many lives and forces a re-examination of Daniel's inner being. Receiving high praise from many reviewers, the San Francisco Chronicle describes A Ship Made of Paper as "Shrewd, compassionate and unflinching, this new book takes a perilous journey that leaves readers stranded on the shoals with nothing for protection but their own flimsy, sinking beliefs about race and desire." A Ship Made of Paper was a nominee for the 2003 National Book Award.