I’m Just Like Her

Eternity Frankenheimer is a clone, a fighter, a mystery, a West African, and, later, a supermodel. In Kola Boof’s 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 it’s 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 can’t 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 I’m human?” or “How do I know I’m black?” Boof’s sociopolitical analysis is sharp, and combined with her unflinchingly observant and richly rendered prose, it’s keeping us enthralled.
Sat., Aug. 27, 6 p.m., 2011

 
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