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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
Summary
In the 1960s, Birdie and her sister Cole try to support each other when their black father and white mother finally separate, and when Cole goes with her father to Brazil, Birdie has to face a federal investigation of her mother's political activities
Storyline
Character
Award
  • Alex Award, 1999.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 1998.
  • School Library Journal Best Books: Best Adult Books 4 Teens, 1998.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
006569
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Senna, Danzy
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Racially mixed children
  • Interracial marriage
  • Boston (Mass.)
  • Interracial marriage
  • Racially mixed children
  • Massachusetts
Target audience
adult
Label
Caucasia, Danzy Senna
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm37442823
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
353 pages
Isbn
9781573220910
Lccn
97028911
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)37442823
Label
Caucasia, Danzy Senna
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm37442823
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
353 pages
Isbn
9781573220910
Lccn
97028911
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)37442823

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