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Description - One Drop by Bliss Broyard

Two months before he died of cancer, renowned literary critic Anatole Broyard called his grown son and daughter to his side, intending to reveal a secret he'd kept all their lives and most of his own: he was black. But even as he lay dying, the truth was too diffi cult for him to share, and it was his wife who told Bliss Broyard that her WASPy, privileged Connecticut childhood had come at a price. Ever since his own parents, New Orleans Creoles, had moved to Brooklyn and begun to 'pass' in order to get work, Anatole had learned to conceal his racial identity. As he grew older and entered the ranks of the New York literary elite, he maintained the facade. Now his daughter Bliss tries to make sense of her father's choices and the impact of this revelation on her own life. She searches out the family she never knew in New York and New Orleans, and considers the profound consequences of racial identity. With unsparing candor and nuanced insight, Broyard chronicles her evolution from sheltered WASP to a woman of mixed-race ancestry.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780316163507
ISBN-10: 0316163503
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 163mm x 38mm)
Pages: 528
Imprint: Little, Brown & Company
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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One Drop by Bliss Broyard
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