Eternity Frankenheimer is a clone, a fighter, a mystery, a West African, and, later, a supermodel. In Kola Boofs new literary political sci-fi novel, The Sexy Part of the Bible, the main character crosses so many boundaries in the first few pages that its hard to keep up in a good way. When have you read an empathetic description of the moment a person realizes she is, or was, another person? I cant think for a moment. I am the rum extract, the clone of this woman who was kicked to death in the streets, Eternity muses. The book poetically, cyclically addresses panic-inducing questions such as How do I know Im human? or How do I know Im black? Boofs sociopolitical analysis is sharp, and combined with her unflinchingly observant and richly rendered prose, its keeping us enthralled.
Sat., Aug. 27, 6 p.m., 2011