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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Patches of Grey is the story of Tony Johnson an African American growing up in the projects. Life around him involves violence, drugs, and poverty. He knows there is a better life out there and he is determined to reach for it. A scholarship is his rope to freedom. Then he meets a white girl and racial tensions begin to rise. This is not your typical story. Roy I. Pickering, Jr. takes a complicated and over done story and makes it original.
The older I get the more grey I see. When I was younger I saw things as black and white. Pickering successfully shows the shades of grey in our culture. Grey areas are compromises. While Tony is the focus of this drama, Pickering show the dynamics of each family member. There is a lot of bitterness and hatred in some of the characters. I believe we will be seeing more from this author.