Privileged, precocious and not yet 16, Skip Macalester is discovering secrets about everyone around him. This is the bittersweet coming-of-age story of an black American prep school boy, his family and his friends. Skip Macalester has a lot to learn about life, love and just where he fits in an extended, upper-class African-American family that's full of success, secrets - and surprises. J.E. Robinson's first novel is a unique coming-of-age story that follows Skip through his junior year at Milton High as he uncovers hidden truths about himself, his family and even his teachers. With his best friend, protector and would-be lover Drew at his side, Skip loses his innocence to the harsh realities of interracial romance, class issues, clergy abuse and infidelity. "Skip Macalester" offers a unique look inside the life of an black American prep school boy who's smart but a little naive in his relationships with his parents, his cousins, his teachers, his best friend, his schoolmates, girls...and just about everybody else. As Skip makes the difficult journey from callow kid to mature young man, he learns a great deal about himself and the most important people in his life.
"Skip Macalester teaches us about the African-American professional class, what W. E. B. DuBois a century ago called the 'talented tenth, ' whose lawyers, physicians, executives, and politicians trace their roots to free people of color in the nineteenth century. In today's political climate where race and sexuality are tense social fault lines, this novel is most welcome."