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Latin instructor Jerome Washington is a man out of place. The lone African-American teacher at the Chelsea School, an elite all-boys boarding school in Connecticut, he has spent nearly two decades trying not to appear too "racial." So he is unnerved when Rashid Bryson, a promising black inner-city student who is new to the school, seeks Washington as a potential ally against Chelsea's citadel of white privilege. Preferring not to align himself with Bryson, Washington rejects the boy's friendship. Surprised and dismayed by Washington's response, Bryson turns instead to Jana Hansen, a middle-aged white divorcée who is also new to the school — and who has her own reasons for becoming involved in the lives of both Bryson and Washington.

Southgate makes her debut as a writer to watch in this compelling, provocative tale of how race and class ensnare Hansen, Washington, and Bryson as they journey toward an inevitable and ultimately tragic confrontation.

About the Author

Martha Southgate is a graduate of Smith College, with an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College. She has had fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She was books editor at Essence and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Premiere, Entertainment Weekly, and Rosie, among other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is at work on her next novel. You can visit her Web site at www.marthasouthgate.com

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743227216
Author:
Southgate, Martha
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Boys
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
School & Education
Subject:
Social Situations - Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
Teacher-student relationships
Subject:
Boarding schools
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Classicists
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
African American students
Subject:
African American teachers
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Social Issues - Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Emotions and Feelings
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
v. 1
Publication Date:
January 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
- Up
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 6.37 oz
Age Level:
12-UP

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