Black Girl/White Girl

Black Girl/White Girl

A Novel

Book - 2006
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In 1975 Genna Hewett-Meade's college roommate died a mysterious, violent death partway through their freshman year. Minette Swift had been assertive, fiercely individualistic, and one of the few black girls at their exclusive, "enlightened" college--and Genna, daughter of a prominent civil defense lawyer, felt duty-bound to protect her at all costs. But fifteen years later, while reconstructing Minette's tragic death, Genna is forced to painfully confront her own past life and identity...and her deepest beliefs about social obligation in a morally gray world.

Black Girl / White Girl is a searing double portrait of race and civil rights in post-Vietnam America, captured by one of the most important literary voices of our time.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2006.
ISBN: 9780061125652
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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