A friend of mine, G, and I have always loved to give each other book recommendations. Sometimes it works out and other times it ends in a disaster, like the Mary Janice Davidson “Undead Series” we read together; but that is a post for another depressing day.
This time, he’s recommended a book he’s already finished. His recommendation this time is Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith. Now, he didn’t tell me much about the book because he didn’t want to give out any spoilers, but it only took a few curious clicks online and a search through the Goodreads and Amazon reviews to realize this book is controversial.
The reviews that I read, without spoiling any parts of the book for myself have been either 1 or 5 stars and they vary through a range of emotions. I can’t speak too much about the book because I’ve just started reading it, but I”ll leave the description below and update as soon as I’m done reading.
Martin Grey, a smart, talented black lawyer working out of a storefront in Queens, becomes friendly with a group of some of the most powerful, wealthy, and esteemed black men in America. He’s dazzled by what they’ve accomplished, and they seem to think he has the potential to be as successful as they are. They invite him for a weekend away from it all—no wives, no cell phones, no talk of business. But far from home and cut off from everyone he loves, he discovers a disturbing secret that challenges some of his deepest convictions…
Martin finds out that his glittering new friends are part of a secret society dedicated to the preservation of the institution of slavery—but this time around, the black men are called “Master.” Joining them seems to guarantee a future without limits; rebuking them almost certainly guarantees his death. Trapped inside a picture-perfect, make-believe world that is home to a frightening reality, Martin must find a way out that will allow him to stay alive without becoming the very thing he hates.