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by Kim Mclarin

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ISBN:
0688169058
ISBN13:
978-0688169053
Author:
Kim Mclarin
Publisher:
William Morrow; 1st edition (November 1, 2001)
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352 pages
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1219 kb
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4.6

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Kim McLarin's debut novel, Taming It Down, was called pitch perfect (Publishers Weekly), spirited (New . Meeting of the Waters is a thoughtful, honest love story set during one of America's most explosive racial crises.

Meeting of the Waters is a thoughtful, honest love story set during one of America's most explosive racial crises. Porter Stockman, a smart and talented white reporter, finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time on the day a jury acquits four Los Angeles police officers of assaulting Rodney King.

Book Description: Porter Stockman, a determined white reporter, is covering the riots in the streets of South Central Los . More books like Meeting of the Waters: A Novel may be found by selecting the categories below: Fiction, General

Book Description: Porter Stockman, a determined white reporter, is covering the riots in the streets of South Central Los Angeles for the Philadelphia Record on the day that four Los Angeles police officers are acquitted of assaulting Rodney King. When Lenora Page, a black woman, risks her own safety to come to his aid and then disappears into the chaos, Porter fears he’ll never see her again. More books like Meeting of the Waters: A Novel may be found by selecting the categories below: Fiction, General. Tell us what do you think about Meeting of the Waters: A Novel.

Kim is a novel by Nobel Prize-winning English author Rudyard Kipling. It was first published serially in McClure's Magazine from December 1900 to October 1901 as well as in Cassell's Magazine from January to November 1901, and first published in book form by Macmillan & Co. Ltd in October 1901. The story unfolds against the backdrop of The Great Game, the political conflict between Russia and Britain in Central Asia.

Kim McLarin is respected as "one of the bravest novelists in recent times" (Philadelphia Tribune). She is a former journalist for the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Associated Press, among other news organizations. The author of the critically acclaimed novels Taming It Down and Meeting of the Waters, McLarin is currently writer-in-residence at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. Divorce Dog. Kim McLarin. Jump at the Sun. About Bookmate.

Kim McLarin is an American novelist, best known for Growing Up X: A Memoir by the Daughter of Malcolm X, co-authored with Ilyasah Shabazz, and Jump at the Sun. Her works include contemporary novels, short stories and non-fiction. McLarin has a bachelor's degree from Duke University. She is a former staff writer for The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Greensboro News & Record and Associated Press. She is an associate professor at Emerson College in Boston.

Kim McLarin is the author of the novels Taming It Down, Meeting of the Waters, and Jump at the Sun and of the memoir . McLarin has appeared at the Boston Book Festival, the Cambride Public Library, the JFK Library and Presidential Museum and many other venues.

Kim McLarin is the author of the novels Taming It Down, Meeting of the Waters, and Jump at the Sun and of the memoir Divorce Dog: Men, Motherhood and Midlife. Her latest essay collection, Womanish:A Grown Black Woman Speaks on Love and Life, will be published in January 2019. She appears regularly on the Emmy-Award winning show Basic Black, Boston's long-running television program devoted to African-American themes, which airs weekly on WGBH-TV.

Meeting of the Waters:A Novel Dec 17, 2013.

You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive. Meeting of the Waters:A Novel Dec 17, 2013.

Rescued from the Los Angeles riot that followed verdict in the trial of cops involved in the Rodney King beating, white reporter Porter Stockman falls in love with his savior, Leonora Page, a beautiful black journalist, but their growing relationship forces Porter to confront his own prejudices and feelings about race. By the author of Taming It Down. 30,000 first printing.
Reviews:
  • Bandiri
The meeting of the waters is an actual natural event that occurs in Brazil. It's where the water from the Solimões River (which is muddy) meets with the dark water from Rio Negro. They run side by side without mixing. I've seen pictures of it, but I hope to see it in person one day. The phenomenon is mentioned in the book and holds much significance to the story itself.

Porter Stockman, a white journalist from Philadelphia, goes to Los Angeles to get the story on the Rodney King riots. While there, he finds himself the target of a group of angry, black people. Fortunately, a black, female journalist, Lenora Page, saves him. When he finds out that she will be working at the same paper, he goes out of his way to show her his gratitude, which results in love.

I loved the characters in the book. You have Porter Stockman. His mother is overbearing. His father doesn't seem to care about much, and his sister is a maverick. He spent his teenage years wondering what the hell he was going to do with his life. He likes to think of himself as a white person who doesn't see race as an issue. He's an all-around good guy. He's believable, funny, and real. He doesn't do all the right things, and he doesn't do all the wrong things. He makes human decisions, which many authors tend to forget about.

Lenora is a very pro-black woman who can't believe she's falling for a white man. Her father left her family when she was young, and her mother is dealing with bi-polar. Her younger brother still longs to find their father, but she's given up all hope. She's very proud to be a black woman, and she's quick to let everyone know. She's independent, smart, and sassy. She loves herself, and honestly, a lot of women-of any race-could take a lesson from her.

The only thing that annoyed me about this book was Lenora's preoccupation with race. I understand this was important to establish her character. She was trying to make Porter aware of the prejudices that people of color and biracial couples go through, but it turned into borderline obsessive after a while. Being a woman of color myself, it even drove me mad. I definitely understood how helpless Porter felt. I could see the wedge she was driving into their relationship with race. It was tiresome, even for me - the reader. She manages to break a really good man, and by the time she realizes her mistake, things are already broken. Then they must choose what they really want.

Other than that, I loved this book. It really makes its reader thing about race relations. One of the most important questions posed in the book is not about Porter and Lee's relationship itself, but the question of what makes a person racist. It's not just a typical romance where two of the characters happen to be a different race. It really gets the readers thinking about the politics behind race.
  • LoboThommy
In McLarin's "Meeting of the Waters" we are introduced to Porter and Lenora. Porter, a white male news reporter first encounters Lenora when she saves him from the rage of a mob after the acquittal of four cops accused of brutally assaulting Rodney King. This meeting is brief and after ushering Porter to safety, Lenora disappears in the crowd.

They meet again when Lenora, also a reporter and African American, accepts a job at the same newspaper for which Porter works. They embark on a shaky relationship path, fraught with Lenora's insecurities about being involved with a white man. Porter is convinced that Lenora is the one for him and tries to help alleviate her fears. They face many uncertainties about their future based on the racism they encounter.

Many of the challenges they face, however, are based on their own preconceptions and misconceptions about each other. And Lenora's stubbornness and insecurities about her involvement in an interracial relationship.

This was a relatively interesting story, which at times was impeded by Lenora's skepticism and failure to stand up for what she wanted. In the end though I felt it was a realistic portrayal of the ups and downs that might be faced by an interracial couple in America.

Ms. McLarin deserves credit from writing a well-rounded story about the challenges and joys faced by an interracial couple.
  • Whitescar
This has to be the most honest portrayal of an interracial romance that I've ever read. Having no personal experience in this area, I'm by no means an expert. It just feels right. I also found it refreshing that neither Lee nor Porter had a hidden agenda. No wild curiousity or need to see if the myth's were true. He simply thought she was beautiful and smart and was relentless in his pursuit of her.
Kim Mclarin very aptly captures the dichotomy of Lee's feelings about her relationship with Porter. On one hand she's a black female reporter who loves her family, believes in supporting black businesses and entrepreneur, works very hard to write and promote stories that matter to her and the black community. On the other she finds Porter easy to be with, they have a lot in common, great times together and she's falling in love with him. Are these two opposing forces or can she intertwine them both and still maintain a balance without losing herself in the process?
Another very pleasant surprise is that McClarin gives Porter a equally strong voice. We know his ambitions, his prejudices, how his relationship with his family affect his relationships with women. Porter's a little naive at first, this relationship is no big deal. Just two people who and like and care about each other, one is just darker than the other. We are there when he realizes there is going to be a lot more to deal with than just the regular relationship drama.
This had to be a very difficult story to tell. She pulls no punches and is at times brutally honest. It is very well written and very compelling.
  • Androwyn
I found this book after seeing it in another person's list of favorites. I am an AVID IR reader and like the stories that deal more with romance. This book was a lot deeper. I was not sure if I would like it after seeing some of the reviews but was excited to get started. It was a slow start but the story took time to build the characters. I liked Lee most of the time. I enjoyed her strength but after a while I wanted to tell her to relax. Porter was interesting to read about. He seemed to have some growth in the novel but I would have liked to seen them grow together more. The ending needed a little more about them coming to terms. It ended too quick for my taste. Overall I liked the book and would tell anyone to give it a chance.