Heartbreaking in its honesty, this perfect jewel is based partially on the real life of the author, who grew up biracial in Portland, Oregon, in the 1980s. After an accident claims her family, Rachel is sent to live with her grandmother in a predominantly black neighborhood. Rachel's confusion and frustration is palpable as she navigates through a new culture and new social norms. With flat-out gorgeous prose and pointed social commentary, this novel is an exquisite illustration of the beauty and ugliness of the human condition. Recommended By Dianah H., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
This debut novel tells the story of Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I. who becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy.
With her strict African American grandmother as her new guardian, Rachel moves to a mostly black community, where her light brown skin, blue eyes, and beauty bring mixed attention her way. Growing up in the 1980s, she learns to swallow her overwhelming grief and confronts her identity as a biracial young woman in a world that wants to see her as either black or white.
In the tradition of Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John and Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, here is a portrait of a young girl- and society's ideas of race, class, and beauty. It is the winner of the Bellwether Prize for best fiction manuscript addressing issues of social justice.
In the tradition of Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John and Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, this is a moving portrait of a girl confronting society's ideas of race, class and beauty.
Inspired by a real event, this is the story of Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I. The sole survivor of a family tragedy, Rachel is raised by her strict African-American grandmother in a mostly black community where her light skin, blue eyes, and beauty bring her constant attention. As she grows up in the 1980s and learns to swallow her overwhelming grief, Rachel confronts her identity as a biracial woman in a black and white world.