In Caucasia—Danzy Senna’s extraordinary debut novel and national bestseller— Birdie and Cole are the daughters of a black father and a white mother. Look out for Danzy Senna’s latest book, New People, on sale in August! Birdie and Cole are the daughters of a black father and a white mother, intellectuals. Maya Jaggi on Danzy Senna’s parable of race, From Caucasia, With Love.

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Cole leaves for Brazil with her father and Daucasia is on the run with her white activist mother fleeing the authorities. This allows her to fit in at her New Hampshire school, where the few black students are treated as pariahs. In a racially divided Boston after the advent of civil rights, the sisters are sent to a black power school. A Novel on your Kindle in under a minute.

A stunning look caucasiaa the life of a young mixed-race girl as she tries to find her place in her family, the world, and within herself.

Senna uses the time backdrop expertly in conveying the tension and the give and take of racial dynamics in America.

Return to Book Page. When Birdie and Cole learn about lotion, Birdie claims that she feels like she is a part of a secret club, aka black culture. At that time there were anti-miscegenation laws in many of the United States. Srnna trivia or quizzes yet. Dec 04, Jessica Sullivan dxnzy it really liked it Shelves: Understanding of a muddled world – nothing’s tidied by the book’s end, which some books can try to “pass” off onto their readers.


It’s a good read for a debut novel. Caucasia is one of cauxasia few fiction books I have read about race and passing that manages to do what all writers are taught they are supposed to do – show, not tell.

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Her short fiction and essays have been widely anthologized. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. My mother once told me to live my life as if I were already dead.

Though the two girls share an impenetrable bond, they begin to realize as they get older that they are divided by how they look: I related to a lot of things a lot and was educated on a semna of view for others. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This is a good novel. Both of her parents were civil rights activists.

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Being biracial myself I idebtified with a lot, but also ached for the protagonist and her forced separation from her community. For Birdie, Cole is the mirror in which she can see her own blackness. But her wry, self-protecting edge sharpens as she comes of age in this familiar-but-foreign land.

The difficulty of the author growing up on the fence is captivating. They hungered even as they ate, thirsted even as they drank. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Those interested in matters of race caucaaia society.


You are commenting using your Facebook account. Why does he initially take such an interest in Birdie? The story follows the emotional journey of young Birdie as she struggles to identify herself without any constant role models in her life.

A courageous effort to place the reader in the mind of a character who is dansy a changeling, crossing racial and geographic boundaries, making choices that will ensure not just her survival, but that she gets the answers she is looking for. This late night flight is made better by the fact that I have a row to myself and a large can of Surly.

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In Caucasia, language is an important part of passing from one identity to another. See all reviews. Birdie does not describe herself, but her interactions with others indicate she is lighter skinned than her sister and can pass as white. I just remember liking it a lot. Her mother, a radical activist who is involved in some sort of dangerous activity we are never fully informed sehna, ends up having to leave, and she takes Birdie with her.

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