Thorndike Press

We Love You, Charlie Freeman

  • Kaitlyn Greenidge
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  • ISBN-10: 1410492087
  • ISBN-13: 9781410492081
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.10 lbs ( .50 kgs)
  • 432 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released September 2016



The Freeman family is invited to participate in a research experiment. They will live at the Toneybee Institute in rural Massachusetts with a young chimp abandoned by his mother. They will teach Charlie sign language and welcome him as a member of their family. But, isolated by their race and their situation, the Freemans come undone.

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Customer Reviews

“Greenridge’s wondrous first novel pits the sins of the past against the desire for the future in a multifaceted narrative that challenges concepts of culture and communication.”

— Booklist (starred)

“Greenidge proves herself a master of dialogue, which helps her craft engaging, well-drawn characters. . . . with humor, irony, and wit, Greenidge tackles this sensitive subject and crafts a light but deeply respectful take on this heavy aspect of America's treatment of black people. This is a timely work, full of disturbing but necessary observations. A vivid and poignant coming-of-age story that is also an important exploration of family, race, and history.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“. . . witty and provocative . . . Greenidge deftly handles a host of complex themes and characters, exploring not just how (literally) institutionalized racism is, but the difficulty of an effective response to it. . . . Greenidge doesn’t march to a pat answer; the power of the book is in her understanding of how clarity wriggles out of reach. For all the seriousness of its themes, though, Charlie Freeman is also caustically funny.”

— USA Today