The 1968 marriage of Danzy Senna's parents, a white woman with Boston blueblood lineage and the son of a struggling black single mother, was a metaphor of a hopeful era. Both were writers and activists in the civil-rights movement. But the marriage was followed eight years later by one of the ugliest divorces in Boston's history. Decades later, Senna looks back at the opposing American histories that her parents had tried so hard to overcome. In the process, she reconstructs a long-buried family mystery that illuminates her own childhood and helps her to understand her enigmatic father, the power and failure of her parents' union, and, finally, the forces of history.
©2009 Danzy Senna; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.