The Resource Caucasia, Danzy Senna

Caucasia, Danzy Senna

Label
Caucasia
Title
Caucasia
Statement of responsibility
Danzy Senna
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A novel on children of mixed marriages. The protagonists are two sisters in Boston, daughters of a black professor and a white woman. One daughter passes for black and attends black school while her sister passes for white and attends white school. But the classmates know and when it comes to bigotry, equality reigns among the races. A debut in fiction. Birdie and Cole are the daughters of a black father and a white mother, intellectuals and activists in the Civil Rights Movement in 1970s Boston. The sisters are so close that they have created a private language, yet to the outside world they can't be sisters: Birdie appears to be white, while Cole is dark enough to fit in with the other kids at the Afrocentric school they attend. For Birdie, Cole is the mirror in which she can see her own blackness. Then their parents' marriage falls apart. Their father's new black girlfriend won't even look at Birdie, while their mother gives her life over to the Movement: at night the sisters watch mysterious men arrive with bundles shaped like rifles. One night 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 find in the States. The next morning-in the belief that the Feds are after them-Birdie and her mother leave 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 finally make their home in New Hampshire. Desperate to find Cole, yet afraid of betraying her mother and herself to some unknown danger, Birdie must learn to navigate the white world-so that when she sets off in search of her sister, she is ready for what she will find
Additional physical form
Also issued online.
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Senna, Danzy
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3569.E618
LC item number
C3 1998
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Racially mixed children
  • Interracial marriage
  • Boston (Mass.)
  • Racially mixed children -- Fiction
  • Interracial marriage -- Fiction
  • Boston (Mass.)
  • Domestic fiction
Label
Caucasia, Danzy Senna
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Extent
1 online resource (353 pages)
Form of item
online
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1029259880
Label
Caucasia, Danzy Senna
Link
Publication
Extent
1 online resource (353 pages)
Form of item
online
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1029259880

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