Pulling the Chariot of the Sun
A Memoir of a Kidnapping
by Shane McCrae
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Pub Date 01 Aug 2023 | Archive Date 01 Aug 2023
When Shane McCrae was three years old, his grandparents kidnapped him and took him to suburban Texas. His mom was white and his dad was Black, and to hide his Blackness from him, his maternal grandparents stole him from his father. In the years that followed, they manipulated and controlled him, refusing to acknowledge his heritage—all the while believing they were doing what was best for him.
For their own safety and to ensure the kidnapping remained a success, Shane’s grandparents had to make sure that he never knew the full story, so he was raised to participate in his own disappearance. But despite elaborate fabrications and unreliable memories, Shane begins to reconstruct his own story and to forge his own identity. Gradually, the truth unveils itself, and with the truth, comes a path to reuniting with his father and finding his own place in the world.
A revelatory account of a singularly American childhood that hauntingly echoes the larger story of race in our country, Pulling the Chariot of the Sun is written with the virtuosity and heart of one of the finest poets writing today. And it is also a powerful reflection on what is broken in America—but also what might heal and make it whole again.
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what can’t shane mccrae do?
ever since i read “the gilded auction block” i have been obsessed with mccrae’s poetic prowess. i have chosen to write about his poems for multiple classes in grad school. i am enamored with his affinity for word and line. what an honor it is to read this arc, i feel extremely grateful.
mccrae’s mother is white, and his father is black, and he was kidnapped by his white supremacist grandparents who erased his identity whilst simultaneously treating him poorly due to his race. shane mccrae writes in a poignant, restorative way as he recounts his childhood. elements of his skill in writing poetry are present, and they blend nicely with the autobiographical prose. what a memoir this is.
thank you so very much to netgalley and the publisher for an arc in exchange for an honest review. i adore you shane mccrae!