The Talented Ribkins is a great multigenerational road trip adventure that gently tackles themes such as race, class, politics, and family. It’s literary fiction with a dash of superhero novel added in: Most of the characters have special powers, and the older characters once used those powers for good during the civil rights era. As 72-year-old Johnny and his newly-discovered niece travel across Florida to dig up bags of money Johnny had hidden during his younger years (he’s got a debt to pay and a tight deadline), we meet more and more characters and really get to know the Ribkins family.
It’s an exciting, sweet story, but as you mull over the themes, you find it’s actually much deeper than that. There are so many layers! This is the kind of book you can read more than once and have a different perspective and more insight each time, depending on how you approach it.
This book made me happy and made me think. Highly recommend!
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