By (author) Danzy Senna
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Caucasia by Danzy Senna
Book DescriptionBirdie and Cole are the daughters of a black father and a white mother, intellectuals and activists in the civil rights movement in Boston in the 1970s. The sisters are so close that they have created a private language, yet to the outside world they can't be sisters: while Cole looks like her father's daughter, Birdie appears to be white. For Birdie, Cole is the mirror in which she can see her own blackness. Then their parents marriage falls apart. Their father moves in with his black girlfriend, who won't even look at Birdie, and their mother seems to be more and more out of control, giving her life over to the movement. At night the sisters watch mysterious men arrive at their house with bundles shaped like rifles. One night, through the attic windows Birdie watches her father and his girlfriend drive away with Cole - they have gone to Brazil, she will later learn, where her father hopes for a racial equality he will never have in the States. And the next morning, in the belief that the Feds are after them, Birdie and her mother have left everything behind: their house and possessions, their friends, and - most disturbing of all - their identity. Passing as the daughter and wife of a deceased Jewish professor, Birdie and her mother drive through the Northeast, eventually making their home in New Hampshire. Desperate to find her sister, yet afraid of betraying her mother and herself to some unknown danger, Birdie must learn to navigate the white world and the pains of adolescence - until she is finally prepared to set off in search of her sister.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781573227162
(201mm x 130mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Riverhead Books,U.S.
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Publish Date: 1-Feb-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Danzy Senna
Oreo, Paperback (August 2015)
A pioneering, dazzling satire about a biracial black girl from Philadelphia searching for her Jewish father in New York City
Where Did You Sleep Last Night?, Paperback / softback (March 2010)
From the author of the bestselling Caucasia, a sad, revealing memoir of the mixed-race marriage of her parents, and the very different American origins that brought them together and pulled them apart.
From Caucasia, with Love, Paperback (November 2001)
Growing up in 1970s America, Birdie and her older sister Cole are daughters of a white activist mother and a black academic father. Yet when their parents separate, they are thrown worlds apart. But Birdie's need to reclaim her family forces her back on to the road, where her search for her sister becomes, inevitably, a search for her self.
You Are Free: Stories, Paperback / softback» View all books by Danzy Senna
From the bestselling author of "Caucasia" comes a collection of riveting, unexpected stories about identity under the influence of appearances, attachments, and longing.
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Author Biography - Danzy Senna
Danzy Senna's first novel, Caucasia, was the winner of the Book-of-the-Month Club's Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and an American Library Association Alex Award. It was a finalist for an International IMPAC Dublin Award, and was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. Her short fiction and essays have been widely anthologized. She is a recipient of the 2002 Whiting Writers' Award and currently holds the Jenks Chair of Contemporary American/Letters at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
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