A small issue of zoological racism divides the thoroughly and proudly black Tanner family (residents of the Benign Neglect...

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BOSS CAT

A small issue of zoological racism divides the thoroughly and proudly black Tanner family (residents of the Benign Neglect Apartments) when Dad brings home a black cat and Mom maintains that it will bring bad luck. Though perhaps the contrast between well-informed Dad and superstitious, hysteria-prone Mom builds the image of black masculinity at the expense of the good name of motherhood (he consults the library, she goes to the House of Occult Help), the good natured domestic squabbling is believable enough. The family relishes their own ethnic jokes; relevance, for once, doesn't preclude humor; and Pharaoh the cat, an excellent mouser, turns out to be a real winner.

Pub Date: Dec. 1, 1971

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Publisher: Scribners

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 1971