Author Archive | Peter Pollak

Bearing witness to the struggle; a review of Bill Kennedy’s Chenango’s Beads and Two-Toned Shoes

I’m reposting columns from a no-longer existing blog. Here’s my review posted Dec. 16, 2011 of Bill Kennedy’s novel, Chenango’s Beads and Two-Toned Shoes: If you’re not convinced that journalists are romantics, you will be after reading William Kennedy’s latest novel, Chango’s Beads and Two-Toned Shoes. Daniel Quinn, a native of mid-century Albany New York, […]

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Hope: The Underlying Message of Ben Winter’s Underground Airlines

Ben Winters wrote Underground Airlines (Mullholland Books, 2016) ostensibly to bring attention to the lingering pernicious affects of slavery in America, but his inventive story can also be read to show far we have come from the days when slavery was legal. In Underground Airlines, an escaped slave––whose true name we never learn––has been coerced […]

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