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.More
"Senna's dynamic storytelling illuminates personal revelations that are anything but black and white." (Entertainment Weekly)
"With deft, heartbreaking restraint, Danzy Senna sets down...a very human story of romance and idealism....[An] illuminating, necessary book." (Honor Moore, author of The Bishop's Daughter)
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