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Copeland Cane V, the child who fell outta Colored People Time and into America, is a fugitive… He is also just a regular teenager coming up in a terrifying world. A slightly eccentric, flip-phone loving kid with analog tendencies and a sideline hustling sneakers, the boundaries of Copeland’s life are demarcated from the jump by urban toxicity, an educational apparatus with Copeland Cane V, the child who fell outta Colored People Time and into America, is a fugitive… He is also just a regular teenager coming up in a terrifying world. A slightly eccentric, flip-phone loving kid with analog tendencies and a sideline hustling sneakers, the boundaries of Copeland’s life are demarcated from the jump by urban toxicity, an educational apparatus with confounding intentions, and a police state that has merged with media conglomerates—the highly-rated Insurgency Alert Desk that surveils and harasses his neighborhood in the name of anti-terrorism. Recruited by the nearby private school even as he and his folks face eviction, Copeland is doing his damnedest to do right by himself, for himself. And yet the forces at play entrap him in a reality that chews up his past and obscures his future. Copeland’s wry awareness of the absurd keeps life passable, as do his friends and their surprising array of survival skills. And yet in the aftermath of a protest rally against police violence, everything changes, and Copeland finds himself caught in the flood of history. Set in East Oakland, California in a very near future, The Confession of Copeland Cane introduces us to a prescient and contemporary voice, one whose take on coming of age in America becomes a startling reflection of our present moment.


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Copeland Cane V, the child who fell outta Colored People Time and into America, is a fugitive… He is also just a regular teenager coming up in a terrifying world. A slightly eccentric, flip-phone loving kid with analog tendencies and a sideline hustling sneakers, the boundaries of Copeland’s life are demarcated from the jump by urban toxicity, an educational apparatus with Copeland Cane V, the child who fell outta Colored People Time and into America, is a fugitive… He is also just a regular teenager coming up in a terrifying world. A slightly eccentric, flip-phone loving kid with analog tendencies and a sideline hustling sneakers, the boundaries of Copeland’s life are demarcated from the jump by urban toxicity, an educational apparatus with confounding intentions, and a police state that has merged with media conglomerates—the highly-rated Insurgency Alert Desk that surveils and harasses his neighborhood in the name of anti-terrorism. Recruited by the nearby private school even as he and his folks face eviction, Copeland is doing his damnedest to do right by himself, for himself. And yet the forces at play entrap him in a reality that chews up his past and obscures his future. Copeland’s wry awareness of the absurd keeps life passable, as do his friends and their surprising array of survival skills. And yet in the aftermath of a protest rally against police violence, everything changes, and Copeland finds himself caught in the flood of history. Set in East Oakland, California in a very near future, The Confession of Copeland Cane introduces us to a prescient and contemporary voice, one whose take on coming of age in America becomes a startling reflection of our present moment.

39 review for The Confession of Copeland Cane

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rachel León

    Review forthcoming from Fiction Writers Review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    THE CONFESSION OF COPELAND CANE by Keenan Norris is a great novel! In this book Copeland Cane tells his life story about growing up in East Oakland, California in the very near future and how he became a fugitive. . I found the writing took some getting used to as it’s told in African American Vernacular English but it really felt like Copeland’s own voice. I really enjoyed the format to the writing and how all was revealed. Copeland went through so much in his high school years. This novel brings THE CONFESSION OF COPELAND CANE by Keenan Norris is a great novel! In this book Copeland Cane tells his life story about growing up in East Oakland, California in the very near future and how he became a fugitive. . I found the writing took some getting used to as it’s told in African American Vernacular English but it really felt like Copeland’s own voice. I really enjoyed the format to the writing and how all was revealed. Copeland went through so much in his high school years. This novel brings up the issues of racism, police brutality, education disparity, and coming of age as a minority in America. . This is a book I took my time with and read slowly which is rare. It’s thought provoking and I won’t forget it. . Thank you to Unnamed Press for my advance reading copy!

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    Megan L (Iwanttoreadallthebooks)

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