Some Thoughts on Frank E. Dobson’s “Rendered Invisible: Stories of Blacks & Whites, Love & Death”

Book Reviews, New York

This one’s heavy.

Heavy, but honest. Frank E. Dobson’s prosaic “Rendered Invisible: Stories of Blacks and Whites, Love and Death” is timeless in its tenacity and representation of the still-present racism lingering around the world. However, instead of decided to focus on the pain and insensitivity that typically accompanies tales of blatant racism, Dobson provides a slant on the emotions and stories of those affected.

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We all know that the media is selective in what it decides ‘news worthy’ to share with the world. Dobson brings attention to one of the examples of a heinous crime that should have been on every television screen in America. Set in the 80’s (one of my favorite decades), this collection of short stories is gritty in setting and dialogue alike. The true-life .22 Caliber killings rocked New York. A serial killer with racism as one of his chief motivators is the evil here, malicious with intent.

Dobson interestingly plays on the sometimes inherent racism that still exists in modern cities today. With a murderer who is bent on inciting a racial war by killing black men, each story here study different overarching life themes. Gender and class, as well as race, provide the crux of the tales, providing the reader with an intimate look into the people of a city rocked by violence and fear.

Dobson accomplishes that rare feat of uniting humanity in terms of the human condition instead of the color of one’s skin. It’s an important piece that will speak to all readers.

 

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