Black Girl/White Girl

Black Girl/White Girl

Book - 2006
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Fifteen years after the mysterious death of Minette Swift, an assertive 19-year-old black girl enrolled as a scholarship student in an exclusive, mostly white liberal arts college near Philadelphia, her former roommate, Genna, begins an unofficial inquiry into her death. In reconstructing the girls' tumultuous freshman year at the college, Genna is lead also to reconstruct her life as the daughter of a famous "radical-hippie-lawyer" of the 1960s. Black Girl/White Girl is a double portrait of "black" and "white" in America in the years of crisis following the end of the Vietnam War
Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061125645
Branch Call Number: FIC Oate
Characteristics: 272 p. ; 24 cm


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Feb 05, 2017

This was my first Oates book. I thought the book's plot was a bit implausible and unnecessarily festooned, but still interesting. Written in 2006 which is not that long ago, it still seems dated. It would have seemed dated at the time of publishing. Still, it left you with things to think about: the inescapability of white norms being the 'only' normal, how we all hide from accepting responsibility for failure.


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