If the Ranger wanders Darren Mathews in his Truck through rural East Texas, he discovered by the roadside again and again to do amazing things. A house that looks like Monticello, the estate of founding father Thomas Jefferson, a lighthouse rises out of a corn field, giant gingerbread houses. Or a barn with Donald trump’s face on it.

This is the only Time that the US President is mentioned in Attica Locke’s “Bluebird, Bluebird”. And yet, the novel of the black American writer as a biting comment on the changed climate since the election, suppressed racism, is pushing back to the surface reads. Locke had made her novel long before November 2016. Not a word you have changed after the election of Donald Trump, said Locke in an Interview. And yet her book was suddenly the same.

What do you mean by that, she explains SPIEGEL ONLINE: you’ve written “a book about the racism in the South of the USA, but in the hope to tell a story about something, to disappear in the process”. It was formed already in the Obama years, a racist rhetoric and more violent Attacks. But it was not until Trumps time came, Locke, “came the bitter truth about racial hatred and racially motivated violence to the light of day”. So your book got an unexpected urgency, was so prescient, that it was scary. Even your self.

Attica Locke

Attica Locke lives in Los Angeles, where she worked most recently as a producer and writer for the TV series “Empire”, but comes from East Texas, where her family for generations to home. “Texas has given my family a lot,” says Locke. “And I can’t hate where I come from. But Texas breaks my heart.” And so Bluebird, Bluebird” as a again approach the keys to your home, like a love letter to someone who disappointed you time and again and you can’t let the tears heavy and bittersweet as the blue music is in this novel, and omnipresent. reads”

The Preschool is called “Krestmont Kiddie-mate”

Curl your story in the fictional Hamlet of Lark play. 178 inhabitants, a few houses and cottages on Highway 59, which runs from South Texas to the far North, “paved with hope” for Black in the area, they have always gone to the North to find a better life. The ones that are left, meet in the “Geneva’s Sweet’Sweets”, a Café in which there are the best dumplings, a 10 Dollar hair cut and a Jukebox.

On the other side of the road, the “ice house”, occurs as a Black, he is asked by the waitress whether he had lost. Racism is commonplace in Lark, but most of the time rather subliminally perceptible. Texas politeness, the means for White, “the ladies hold the door open, and to never use the word Nigger in mixed company”.

And his coffee drinking in shops, the Kay’s Kountry Kitchen hot, abbreviated KKK. Such allusions to the Ku Klux Klan were completely normal in Texas, says Locke. Radio Difference FM, copy shops Kwik Kopy call. The pre-school in Houston, you went earlier, was Krestmont Kiddie colleague: “Texas is full of contradictions,” says Locke.

a Lot of trust, a lot of

The fragile peace in Lark managed threatens to destroy it, as within a few days, two bodies are found. First of all, a black lawyer, apparently just passing through, then a young white woman from the area. Strange, of Texas finds Ranger Mathews: “The stories from the South were usually told in reverse order: a white woman who had been killed or otherwise damaged, had followed, actually or imagined, like the moon, the sun, the death of a Black man.”

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Bluebird, Bluebird

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Mathews is convinced that there is a racist motive behind the murder of the lawyer, his main suspects are members of the Aryan brotherhood, a well organized group of racist drug and arms dealer, the lead in the “icehouse” of the word. Long Ranger misses, therefore, a different trail that leads deep into the past, into a complex weave of love, jealousy, and hatred.

Locke to do all at once: an intricate crime plot, a family Saga, several love stories, a reckoning with racism, a tribute to their homeland. The would not have can easily go wrong, but it is not. For “Bluebird, Bluebird” price got you the Edgar, the world’s most important crime – as the best novel of the year. Attica Locke knows from the beginning what needs to learn your Hero first: life is too complex for simple solutions. And not just in East Texas.