About the Author: Alexi Zentner

Alexi Zentner lives in upstate New York with his wife and children His novels have been published in sixteen countries and than a dozen languages He is the author of the novel, COPPERHEAD, forthcoming from Viking Penguin on July 9, 2019 He is also the author of the internationally acclaimed novels, THE LOBSTER KINGS, and TOUCH Under the pseudonym Ezekiel Boone, Alexi is the author of the

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  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • Copperhead
  • Alexi Zentner
  • 05 May 2019
  • 9781984877284

CopperheadWhat Do We Do When The People We Love Hold Beliefs That Are Fundamentally Incompatible With Who We Are All Jessup Wants Is To Enjoy His Senior Year At Cortaca High And Get A Scholarship To Attend College It Doesn T Seem Impossible He S A Standout Varsity Football Player A Good Student He Works At The Local Movie Theater To Help His Mother Make Ends Meet But It S Hard To Live A Normal Life When Everybody In Town Knows That Your Stepfather Is A White Supremacist A White Supremacist Who Was Involved In A Violent Encounter With Two Young Black College Students And Who Is About To Be Released From Prison.But His Stepfather, David John, Also Saved Jessup S Family From Imploding, Rescuing His Mother And Giving Jessup And His Siblings A Safe Home For The First Time David John S Release From Prison Sets Off A Chain Of Events That Will Forever Define Jessup S Entry Into Adulthood, Dragging Him Into The Swirling Currents Of Irreconcilable Ideologies, Crushing Loyalties, And Unshakeable Guilt Told With Unflinching Honesty And A Ferocious Gaze Directed At Contemporary America S Darkest Corners, Copperhead Vibrates With The Energy Released By Football Tackles And Car Crashes Alexi Zenter Unspools The Story Of Boys Who Think They Re Men Of The Entrenched Thinking That Supports A Split Second Decision And Asks Whether Hatred, Bigotry, And Violence Can Ever Be Unlearned.

10 thoughts on “Copperhead

  1. Savannah says:

    A very interesting read that made me think Can see how it s not for everyone tho

  2. Rachel says:

    Copperhead gets at some of the core questions about racism, especially as seen and experienced in small town America Why do people hate for no reason Can anyone raised by white supremacists grow out of that world view Author Alexi Zentner, who is Jewish, says he s been thinking about these topics his whole life His parents, Canadian social workers and activists, saw their office firebombed by white supremacists twice when he was a teenager Read in my story for Binghamton University s Discover e

  3. Kathleen Gray says:

    A coming of age story for our current times Jessup has had a horrible time first with his father and then when his stepbrother and stepfather, an avowed racist, beat an African American man to death He s tried to melt into the walls except that he s a football player When he ends up in a parking lot confrontation after a game with Corson, a African American and a terrible tragedy occurs, everything comes spinning out Zenter has done a good job of portraying a teen who doesn t know which way to turn His mother was a mess, his siblings in dire straits, and his stepfather seemed like a solution But, his church, the church his family now attends, is all about white power There s a culture clash here that goes beyond the obvious as Jessup hopes to escape small town Cortaca for Yale There are some off notes occasionally but the story moves quickly and is well told Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC This is one which will make you think.

  4. Carole says:

    This was a gripping coming of age story Although it seems to have been taken from today s headlines about white supremacists, in his introduction, the author says that I ve been thinking about this story practically my whole life and the place and time we re living in propelled me to write it now All too often, stories about racism fall back on easy stereotypes and tropes to make a point but this author mostly avoids that, creating flesh and blood characters who seem real Zentner portrays his 17 year old main character, Jessup, with great complexity and depth On the cusp of manhood, Jessup becomes tangled in a situation fraught with gray areas Aside from his excellent exploration of hatred and bigotry, Zentner tells a terrific page turner of a story which kept me hooked right up until the very end.

  5. David Findley says:

    Beautiful writing and good twists in the plot The stepdad, David John, is a bit puzzling He is such a saint but how did he reconcile his beliefs with his apparent acceptance of others His white power tattoos and yet he says not a word to his stepson, whom he loves dearly, when he learns that the high schooler has a mixed race girlfriend Good descriptions of high school athletes and their interactions.

  6. Sandy Brehl says:

    Racism, white power, and militarism are at the core of the story, but this story manages to refocus on the characters and develop nuanced reflections on the complexity of individuals, relationships, and obligations.

  7. Jason Panella says:

    I liked what Zentner was going for, but the execution feels really off in spots Full review in Pittsburgh Post Gazette soon.