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Penguin Putnam
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 and activists in the Civil Rights Movement in 1970s Boston. The sisters are so close that they speak their own language, yet Birdie, with her light skin and straight hair, is often mistaken for white, while Cole is dark enough to fit in with the other kids at school. Despite their differences, Cole is Birdie’s confidant, her protector, the mirror by which she understands herself. Then their parents’ marriage collapses. One night Birdie watches her father and his new girlfriend drive away with Cole. Soon Birdie and her mother are on the road as well, drifting across the country in search of a new home. But for Birdie, home will always be Cole. Haunted by the loss of her sister, she sets out a desperate search for the family that left her behind.

The extraordinary national bestseller that launched Danzy Senna’s literary career, Caucasia is a modern classic, at once a powerful coming of age story and a groundbreaking work on identity and race in America. 

Baker & Taylor
Explores the complications of race through the story of two daughters--one light-skinned and the other dark-skinned--of a Black father and a white mother, who become torn apart by racial allegiances

& Taylor

A debut novel explores the complications of race through the story of two daughters--one light-skinned and the other dark-skinned--of a black father and a white mother, who become torn apart by racial allegiances. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 1999
ISBN: 9781573227162
Characteristics: 413 p. ; 21 cm


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voisjoe1 May 09, 2014

The author, Danzy Senna, is the child of a mixed marriage of White and African-American parentage and Senna uses some of her life experiences in this novel. One topic, also explored by Ernest Gaines in novels, is that of the color variation of African-Americans and how this color by itself changes one’s life experiences. Other themes explored are coming-of-age, racism and the illegal activities of the FBI with it’s Cointel program. Even in such films as 12 Years a Slave, we see how the slaves know that the lighter skinned ones will get more opportunities and less cruelty in their lives if they just play along with the master.

esther_12031211 Aug 19, 2013

This book is psychologically moving one of my favorites <3

Jul 31, 2012

Great read. Once you start, You can't put it down for a couple reasons. First, you don"t want to, and second, if you do, you might forget where you are in this fast-paced read.


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Aug 18, 2015

“I wondered if whiteness were contagious. If it were, then surely I had caught it. I imagined this 'condition' affected the way I walked, talked, dressed, danced, and at its most advanced stage, the way I looked at the world and at other people.”

Aug 18, 2015

"But now it seemed clear: this was how they defined their love—by how deeply they missed each other when they were together. They felt the loss before it happened, and their love was defined by that loss. They hungered even as they ate, thirsted even as they drank. "

Aug 18, 2015

“It’s funny. When you leave your home and wander really far, you always think, ‘I want to go home.’ But then you come home, and of course it’s not the same. You can’t live with it, you can’t live away from it. And it seems like from then on there’s always this yearning for some place that doesn’t exist. I felt that. Still do. I’m never completely at home anywhere. But it’s a good place to be, I think. It’s like floating. From up above, you can see everything at once. It’s the only way how.”


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Aug 18, 2015

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