He'd made the scene all the way""--a last tribute to Toby Snow, gentle, middle aged, black artistalcoholic paid by Roxanne, the black prostitute who loved him, at his death. Although he's a goner pretty much at the start--his heart and liver shot along with his sexual powers following his long stint on the hard stuff after the death of his son (returned in a coffin under a flag). Except for an occasional fringe character, there isn't any wider commentary on race. The story is purely personal as Roxanne tries to save Toby and there is one funny obscene incident along with others which are not (Roxanne's rape by her father). All of it is overtly sentimental which unkindly suggests bleeding hearts of gold. But it does read in an obliterating fashion set by the ruinous pace of Toby Snow.