Hey, Liberal!

Hey, Liberal!
Hey, Liberal!

Hey, Liberal!

A Novel
By Shawn Shiflett


312 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

Trade Paper, $14.99 (CA $19.99) (US $14.99)

ISBN 9781613735602

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Sep 2016)
Academy Chicago Publishers


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In this honest novel set in the racial tinderbox of Chicago in 1969, thirteen-year-old Simon Fleming, the white son of a civil rights activist minister, is sent to a predominately African American high school, feeling charged by his parents to carry out the family's commitment to the community and school integration. Here, he is dropped into a world where gang warfare, drug abuse, and violence are rampant. Simon's quest for survival takes him through a failed student boycott organized by community leaders, as well as through numerous race riots, and brings him into contact with gangbangers, political activists, racist cops, and unlikely new friends. Hey, Liberal! exposes an out-of-touch education system and the universality of racial violence amid a nation moving, inch by hard-fought inch, toward a more culturally diverse and inclusive future.


"Hey, Liberal! is an arresting coming-of-age story, presenting an entirely singular perspective on race and politics during the turbulent late 1960s. Utilizing satire, pathos, and humor, Simon's story is as engaging as it is challenging." —Joe Meno, author of Hairstyles of the Damned, Office Girl, and Marvel and a Wonder

"Shawn Shiflett had me laughing, crying, and cringing. (But yeah, we were that uncertain, naive, clueless, and confused.) Wonderful characters, fine storytelling, and a great read, even with the cringes." —David Bradley, author of The Chaneysville Incident, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

"Shiflett does a nice job illuminating a complex situation from multiple perspectives, and readers will find the book's brisk final third...difficult to put down." —Kirkus Reviews

"[Author Shawn] Shiflett is adept at capturing teenage angst and vernacular, as well as the uncomfortable and awkward ways kids navigate friendship and shift alliances." —Newcity

"An edgy, raw insider account of student life during the late-1960s racial strife and protest movements that is distressingly pertinent to today." —Booklist

"Hey, Liberal! … is a timely look at race, politics, integration, and violence." —Chicago Review of Books

Author Biography

Shawn Shiflett is an associate professor of creative writing at Columbia College Chicago. He is the author of Hidden Place, which was included in Library Journal's 2004 "Summer Highs, Fall Firsts" list of "most successful debuts."