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Floatingby Nicole Bailey-williams
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From the gifted author of A Little Piece of Sky: The poignant tale of a young woman who must come to terms with her biracial identity.
Shana Washington is the product of two very different worlds. Her white mother is a socialite with an Ivy League education; Shanas black father has a weakness for whiskey and cant stay faithful to any woman, but when his daughter is in peril, he always finds a way to rescue her. Hauntingly evoking the worlds represented by these three characters, Floating follows the life of Shana as she seeks acceptance—and wholeness—from white and black communities that both turn her away. When she begins a college romance with Lionel, a handsome track star with bronze-colored skin, her dreams of finding a soulmate seem tantalizingly close to coming true. Yet Lionels childhood demons are even more vicious than Shanas, threatening the fragile love they cant admit to needing.
Tracing the themes of identity, healing, and self-acceptance that won such acclaim for her debut novel, Nicole Bailey-Williams now shares a provocative new storyline for anyone who has faith in the power of self-discovery.
The author of the lyrical "A Little Piece of Sky" returns with the story of Shana Washington, the product of a dysfunctional biracial marriage, a young woman who stands on the cusp of two worlds: one black and one white.
About the Author
Author of the acclaimed novel A Little Piece of Sky (Harlem Moon, 2002), NICOLE BAILEY-WILLIAMS is a high-school English teacher and cohost of The Literary Review, a Philadelphia radio show. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Publishers Weekly, Black Issues Book Review, and Gumbo: An Anthology of African American Writing. She lives in Philadelphia.
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