By Danzy Senna
In Caucasia—Danzy Senna's remarkable debut novel and national bestseller—Birdie and Cole are the daughters of a black father and a white mom, intellectuals and activists within the Civil Rights move in Seventies Boston. The sisters are so shut that they have got created a personal language, but to the surface international they can't be sisters: Birdie seems to be white, whereas Cole is darkish adequate to slot in with the opposite teenagers on the Afrocentric tuition they attend. For Birdie, Cole is the replicate within which she will be able to see her personal blackness.
Then their parents' marriage falls aside. Their father's new black female friend won't even examine Birdie, whereas their mom supplies her existence over to the circulation: at evening the sisters watch mysterious males arrive with bundles formed like rifles.
One evening Birdie watches her father and his female friend force away with Cole—they have long past to Brazil, she's going to later study, the place her father hopes for a racial equality he'll by no means locate within the States. the following morning—in the assumption that the Feds are after them—Birdie and her mom depart every little thing in the back of: their condo and possessions, their associates, and—most stressful of all—their id. Passing because the daughter and spouse of a deceased Jewish professor, Birdie and her mom ultimately make their domestic in New Hampshire. wanting to locate Cole, but scared of betraying her mom and herself to a few unknown hazard, Birdie needs to discover ways to navigate the white world—so that once she units off looking for her sister, she is prepared for what she is going to locate. straight away a robust coming-of-age tale and a groundbreaking paintings on identification and race in the USA, "Caucasia merits to be learn all over" (Glamour).
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