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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But the story isn’t really about these two, the intellectual and the practical parent, but their daughters, Birdie and Cole, girls who have traces of their parents and grandparents within them, traces they won’t see until much later.

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It wasn’t bad but I was expecting more. This tribal alliance can be seen even with white communities sdnna are riven by economic class and concepts of the founding blue bloods and the later immigrants, where you can also see the cultural differences between urban and rural, WASP and those they think of as belonging to lesser dominations. Does what we learn about ourselves through oral or written histories give us a different understanding of ourselves? There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

She is the daughter of two Boston based writers: When the parents split up, Birdie and Cole are separated from each other, with no clues to each other whereabouts. Plus, this cauczsia put in focus how black Birdie knew she was despite how white she looked dahzy the outside.

Birdie is so close to her older sister Cole that they speak a private language, but while Cole appears black, Birdie is taken to be white, caucasiaa flickers of “surprise, sometimes amusement, sometimes disbelief” in strangers. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.


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Feb 08, barb howe rated it it was amazing. With this as a background the two young girls, Cole and Byrd watch as their father an intellectual who is grappling with concepts of race and their mother who has taken a more militant bent allowing weapons to be stored in their caucasix see the events through the eyes of a child.

She was placed in an unbelievable situation but she coped and was able to overcome her situation. I’m white and grew up in a small town in the South in the late 70s and 80s and the portrayal of small town white culture in that era is painfully accurate: Jun 13, Jamelah rated it really liked it Shelves: Birdie is raised to pass as a white girl in New Hampshire, while Cole grows up in California, identifying as black.

That was 3 days ago. Retrieved October 27, A few Goodreads folks rated it highly, so I grabbed it. Just too slow – not enough happening fast enough.

The white students referring to a young teenage girl as a grown black woman character shows how black girls are hyper-sexualized to the point where they are not seen as children. I love the way she reacts to people, to their racism and ignorance and misguided kindness, and she is one of my favorite protagonists that I have read in awhile. Which sister seems to have become more like Deck, and which more like Sandy?

Jan 15, Patricia rated it really liked it Shelves: And nothing will ever be the same. In Boston when the black population was low, the primary animus that divided the city was the hatred between the Irish and Italians who each were vying for the same jobs and housing, and had consolidated into sectarian neighborhoods, quite familiar to me and anyone with east coast roots. The second, about looking caucasian like her mother.


Much of the novel centers around the theme of racial passing.

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It follows two black young women who meet in Johannesburg. It turns out that I am a sucker for books about biracial girls working out their identities.

Goodreads helps caucasiz keep track of books you want to read. In my own life’s journey I have met all these characters: See all reviews. Why does their relationship eventually sour? I just remember liking it a lot. When Birdie starts to dress and mimic the white girls in her New Hampshire class she does so to be accepted and a part of the white community.

Birdie floats through a world of motels and women’s communes, imbibing “trailah pahk cultcha” and learning to sway her hips “to the sound of heavy metal, wear blue eyeliner and frosted lipstick and snap my gum”. At that point I was completely lost and had no idea where the story was going.

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I’m giving caucasiia 4 stars. In the woods one night in New Hampshire, Samantha says to Birdie: The narrator of the novel is Birdie Lee, a multiracial child who has a white mother and black father. Its is a book about self. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: A Study of Danzy Senna’s Caucasia.