The Confessions of Matthew Strong Book Signing
THE CONFESSIONS OF MATTHEW STRONG by director of Africana Studies at Clark University, Ousmane K. Power-Greene, relays the story of Allegra Douglass, newly awarded Distinguished Chair in Philosophy at her top-tier university in New York who is abducted by white supremacist Matthew Strong; a man unhinged by racism, looking to bring about a new revolution. A thriller that Colson Whitehead readers and fans of Lauren Wilkinson’s AMERICAN SPY alike will come to, THE CONFESSIONS OF MATTHEW STRONG also weaves southern gothic tradition, contemporary and historical fiction. Here, Power-Greene explores the ways in which white supremacy perpetuates through history, up to and including today. As a student of history, Ousmane K. Power-Greene, draws on research to craft this rich novel rife with lessons about the ebb and flow of progress and backlash to it.
Allie is a survivor. She survived the newly post-Jim Crow south, she survived cancer, and she will survive being stalked and kidnapped by a white supremacist named Matthew Strong seeking to ignite a revolution. The surprise in this doesn’t lie in the question of will she be taken; it lies in how she and her community will outsmart a tactical madman even after she’s gone missing. From the beginning, Allie had the clues: in a spate of possibly connected disappearances of other young Black women; in a series of recently restored plantation homes; in letters outlining an uprising; in maps of slave trade routes and old estates; in hidden caves and buried tunnels; and finally, in a confessional that should never have existed. She and others in her community just have to make a case strong enough for the FBI and police to listen. This is when Allie herself disappears. Matthew Strong wants her – a philosopher who’s spent her career studying the minds of slaveholders – to share his mission with the world. But her community won’t be ignored. Whether Allie has a choice in her fate or not, a glimpse of justice may be coming.
Weaving back and forth in time as Allie and her neighbors close in on Strong, and as he closes in on Allie, THE CONFESSIONS OF MATTHEW STRONG explores how contemporary white supremacist movements reinterpret American history in order to justify the negation of Black lives and how, if we stay silent in the face of such negation, we proliferate the injustices that pervade our society today. This wildly original, incendiary story about race, redemption, the dangerous imbalances that continue to destabilize society is not to be missed.
Stop by the book signing on October 21 at 7pm to meet the author and purchase a signed copy of this exciting new thriller!!
An NPR Best Book of the Year
A wildly original, incendiary story about race, redemption, the dangerous imbalances that continue to destabilize society, and speaking out for what’s right.