Twin of Blackness is a culturally important memoir that traces an artist’s evolution in the post–civil rights era, a literary odyssey that comes triumphantly to rest in a humanity that transcends small-spirited notions about race. Clifford Thompson is simply one of the wisest, warmest, and most trustworthy essayists writing today.
Clifford Thompson’s memoir, Twin of Blackness, rather sneaks up on its reader, disarming in its simplicity, as it provides warm and intimate details of lower-middle-class black life. There is a nervy, rich honesty here in this coming-of-age self-portrait whose complexity grows subtly. Here is a tale that is touching, amiable, yet unsentimental.