The Talented Ribkins

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Ladee Hubbard
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"For sheer reading pleasure Ladee Hubbard's original and wildly inventive novel is in a class by itself." --Toni Morrison "The Talented Ribkins is a charming and delightful debut novel with a profound heart, and Ladee Hubbard's voice is a welcome original." --Mary Gaitskill - Winner of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award- Winner...
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"For sheer reading pleasure Ladee Hubbard's original and wildly inventive novel is in a class by itself." --Toni Morrison

"The Talented Ribkins is a charming and delightful debut novel with a profound heart, and Ladee Hubbard's voice is a welcome original." --Mary Gaitskill

- Winner of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award
- Winner of the William Faulkner - William Wisdom Prize
- An INDIE NEXT pick
- Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Nominee

At seventy-two, Johnny Ribkins shouldn't have such problems: He's got one week to come up with the money he stole from his mobster boss or it's curtains.

What may or may not be useful to Johnny as he flees is that he comes from an African-American family that has been gifted with super powers that are a bit, well, odd. Okay, very odd. For example, Johnny's father could see colors no one else could see. His brother could scale perfectly flat walls. His cousin belches fire. And Johnny himself can make precise maps of any space you name, whether he's been there or not.

In the old days, the Ribkins family tried to apply their gifts to the civil rights effort, calling themselves The Justice Committee. But when their, eh, superpowers proved insufficient, the group fell apart. Out of frustration Johnny and his brother used their talents to stage a series of burglaries, each more daring than the last.

Fast forward a couple decades and Johnny's on a race against the clock to dig up loot he's stashed all over Florida. His brother is gone, but he has an unexpected sidekick: his brother's daughter, Eloise, who has a special superpower of her own.

Inspired by W. E. B. Du Bois's famous essay "The Talented Tenth" and fuelled by Ladee Hubbard's marvelously original imagination, The Talented Ribkins is a big-hearted debut novel about race, class, politics, and the unique gifts that, while they may cause some problems from time to time, bind a family together.

For sheer reading pleasure Ladee Hubbard's original and wildly inventive novel is in a class by itself." -- Toni Morrison, Nobel Prize-winning author of The Bluest Eye, Beloved, and Song of Solomon

"[A] rip-roaring adventure." -- ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

 

"...if you love the works of Paul Beatty and Colson Whitehead, you'll enjoy Ladee Hubbard's wholly unique view of family and legacy with her dazzling first novel." --ESSENCE MAGAZINE

 

"Ladee Hubbard delivers a fascinating twist on DuBois' notion of the Talented Tenth in her debut novel... The Talented Ribkins recalls Colson Whitehead's first novel, The Intuitionist." --PASTE
"[A] sly, pleasurable first novel." -- NEWSDAY

 

"A marvel... exceptionally funny, tender and heartbreaking... The Talented Ribkins marks Hubbard as a writer to watch. This tale of self-revelation and recognizing one's tribe is quite an arrival, filled with both a sense of discovery and hard-won wisdom." -- THE ADVOCATE

 

The Talented Ribkins wears its magical realist elements lightly, weaving them into a realistic family story with a wider cultural context. The novel calls out to a range of other books, such as Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon... [with] a hint of Thomas Pynchon... Hubbard is a graceful and intelligent writer in whose hands the Ribkinses' superpowers are both real and symbolic of the dreams and invincibility we have when we're young, and that are inevitably reshaped by age and experience." --Colette Bancroft, THE TAMPA BAY TIMES

 

"Original and entertaining... The Talented Ribkins is Clark Kent disguised as Superman. It is a story of redemption and the power of family under the thin cover of a mask, cape and tights. And with Hubbard's power of imagination, the novel is nothing short of super. -- LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

"First-time novelist Ladee Hubbard has created a collection of misfits like no other in The Talented Ribkins... fascinating... Hubbard's tale ultimately transcends race, class and time itself." -- BOOKPAGE

"Ladee Hubbard has written a celebration of family, as well as of the individual." --NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS

 Paperback
 August 7, 2018
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