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A thought provoking debut, with a memorable narrator, caucsia a situation that deserves to be experienced or at least imagined by everyone. Since her In a world where we struggle to find our place, issues of race, sex, gender, sexuality and religion strive to complicate matters. When is she not passing? The contrast between the two causes constant confusion, and the never-ending assumption that Birdie must be adopted.

When underground political activity drives the parents apart, Birdie and Cole are separated. Black militancy, and concepts of Black Power and Black is Beautiful was the response to the demands of social justice brought about by the activism of the 60s in southern Jim Crow states.

I totally get what you mean about how we are perceived, we all know that the visual look of someone does account for a significant proportion of first impressions and judgements. It just felt honest. About it all being constructed. She lives in New York Caucaasia. The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity. Deck falls into homophobic disdain for a friend who comes out after a lifetime of “passing” as straight; Birdie is befriended by a transvestite hooker.

Its in Boston Massachusetts and a revolution is brewing. Clover Hughes review in The Observer noted, “Senna is not above bullying this sort of metaphor into work for her, and too often hangs bells cxucasia lights on anything resonant. As part of their disguise, Birdie is re-made as Jesse Goldman, a Jewish white girl.

Violent protests disrupted the city as forced desegregation was implemented in the public schools beginning in the school year. They were ver active in politics and the Black Power movement. As a narrator, however, she seems unable to untangle this moving tale from a kind of sociological documentary about race. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!


What does she find out? The issue of race is constantly questioned, yet never overtakes the narrative itself: Do you believe they were torn apart because of external pressures, or internal ones? Her sister Cole is a smooth coffee color.

As Deck spells out to Birdie, race is not just an artificial construct, but a year-old scientific error: This novel is a coming of age story like no yb I’ve ever read.

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This study guide contains the following sections: Being biracial myself I idebtified with a lot, but also ached for the protagonist and her forced separation from her community.

I have not read it yet but it really sounds interesting. Sisters Cole aka Colette and Birdie Lee’s parents were a mixed race couple who married in the late sixties. Of the two mixed children, Cole is more brown with curly hair and is unmistakable a black child. Most people today realize that race is entirely a social construction, but belief in racial differences is ingrained into the consciousness of America which built this nation on the backs of slavery which to be acceptable had to be rationalized as the natural order of things with white European’s belief in inherent superiority.

Brillant minds think alike! It’s always interesting to read stories like this one that help me see the world through an entirely different lens. Thanks for telling us about the problem. At times Senna seems to add details as an afterthought, inserting previously-undiscussed memories to allow for certain coincidences in the text to advance the plot. While some of the storytelling is uneven, particularly in some of the stretches where Birdie and her mother take to the road the commune is one of the weaker stretches, New Hampshire one of the bestI was entranced by a novel that unflinchingly spoke of a yearning, a depression, a central conflict that I could so deeply understand.


It was ahead of its time forvery much current right now, and I highly recommend. The fate of th From this book came the passage that inspired the amazing Seattle hip hop duo, Canary Sing: Throughly enjoyed reading this book and will Be checking out more by the author. Sandy attempts to take care of Cole’s hair by braiding it herself, ultimately failing.

Sandy Lee says he’s an over intellectualized ass who needs to get his nose out of his books and get his hands dirty for the cause. I would read more by this author. View the Study Pack.

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It was something that was on my mind a lot at the time, and it was exactly the right book for me then. We all wear one. For Birdie, Cole is the mirror in which she can see her own blackness. You left me with Mum, knowing she was going to disappear.

The different ways race is weaved in to The story is mind blowing. This late night caucaasia is made better by the fact that I have a row to myself and a large can of Surly.

Senna finds a perfect-pitch voice for Birdie that blends innocence, wry humor and straight-out pain. This was a book that has been on the shelves for so long that I actually forgot about it. Caucawia author presents a non-singular concept of being “white.

As a result, politics, not emotions, are engaged. It was republished in July Jun 21, Msladydeborah rated it it was amazing. Both sound like stunning stories that everybody should pick up.