Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob

When Mira Jacob’s half-Jewish, half-Indian son Z is asked by a stranger what he is, he says “Jewish in the summer and Indian in the winter.” Z is also so obsessed with the Jackson Five that he’s decided to change his name to The Sixth Jackson. He’s sure that people will understand why he’s The Sixth Jackson once they’ve witnessed his moves, which he is happy to demonstrate pretty much anywhere—like on the subway, for example. Z’s bewitching take on the world is the crux of Jacob’s moving and very funny graphic novel that explores identity, race, sexuality and love. And through Z’s astute questioning of the way things are, Jacob is forced to reckon with what’s shaped her own world view.


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