40. “Caucasia,” Danzy Senna

Two biracial sisters– one who looks white, one who looks black– are torn apart by the social unrest pervading 1970s Boston and their mother’s dangerous choices.

This book was wonderful. I found it in the young adult section, but I don’t think it is. I follows a girl between the ages of nine and fifteen and is extremely lucidly written, and those two combine to mean middle grades. The narrator writes with such understanding, though, that it feels like there must be space between the events and herself. The book as a whole feels wonderfully real and intimate. I felt my world expand when reading this book, which is a sensation I have got from very few books (“Stone Butch Blues” comes to mind).

Here I had a thoughtful summary, but WordPress lost it. Nothing more for now, aside from the earnest recommendation that you buy (not just read!) it.

Page count: 432
Page total: 10,149
LOC call number: YA fiction Senna 2009

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