Windsor Armstrong has a problem: her football superstar son, Pushkin X, is in love with a Russian lap dancer. In Windsor's opinion, Pushkin is throwing away everything she has worked for. When she was an unwed teenage mother, Windsor left her shady Detroit roots to attend Harvard. She raised Pushkin to be fiercely intelligent, well-spoken, and proud. Now he lives for pro football and a white woman of no account. Outraged by her son's decisions but deeply devoted to loving him right, Windsor prepares to give up her last secret: the identity of Pushkin's father.
Pushkin and the Queen of Spades is a gutsy, provocative take on parenthood, love, and race. In Windsor, Randall has created a woman of fiery determination and large heart who wants only the best for her child. The novel is a perfect reading group choice, a fresh take on controversial issues that is also thoroughly entertaining.