Why you’ll like it: Brothers. Spies. Passing. Historical Drama.
I find the history of passing fascinating. Code Switch is one of my go-to blogs and they wrote an article about the history of passing. I remember my mom telling me a story of when she was a little girl, she had a cousin who would pass for white. Anytime they would go into town, they would stay “far” away from him. He would then go into the stores and get candy (and other such trinkets) and bring them back for his cousins.
Matt Johnson created a graphic novel around such a fascinating topic. He creates two brothers; one brother is a spy and reports on unjust lynchings done to black men in the South, and the other brother who is about to get lynched. He intertwines mystery and drama with a cast of characters that radiate tension in their illustrated black and white drawings.
I like this book because it is visually tamer content-wise than other books on the subject. If you want to explore this subject in more detail, then I would recommend: 100 years of Lynching or Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America.