A Changed Man by Francine Prose. It's about a skinhead that has a conversion and decides to go over to the other side. There are great moments in this book that explore the meaning of racism and bigotry and it's prevalence in our daily live. Pretty much all the characters have racist or bigoted thoughts at some point, but it's what they choose do do with these thoughts that seem to make the difference in who they are.
Having said how great the ideas in this book are, I have to say that I'm not a big fan of Prose's writing style. I felt that the ending was awful (and they lived happily ever after. . . type thing) and that her writing needed a lot more polish. This is a good book that could have been great. Taking a look at the inside pages of the book reveal a long list of books she has written. Perhaps she should write fewer books and put more time into re-writes and editing.