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Publisher's Summary

In the historical context of the Jim Crow South, Gail explores her mother's decision to pass, how she hid her secret even from her own husband, and the price she paid for choosing whiteness. Haunted by her mother's fear and shame, Gail embarks on a quest to uncover her mother's racial lineage, tracing her family back to 18th-century colonial Louisiana. In coming to terms with her decision to publicly out her mother, Gail changed how she looks at race and heritage.
With a foreword written by Kenyatta Berry, host of PBS's Genealogy Roadshow, this unique and fascinating story of coming to terms with oneself breaks down barriers. A Washington Post Notable Book of 2017's Most Inspiring Stories.
©2018 Gail Lukasik (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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2 out of 5 stars
By Kate on 04-17-18

Too much information to easily follow along.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I thought that this had real potential to be captivating. I do find the story interesting, however, there were way too many details in names, dates and people to keep the story straight for the listener. I like the idea of this story, it was just too confusing to keep all the people and relatives straight. After a while, all the people become very difficult to differentiate. I just couldn't listen to any more after the half way point, and I think I would have liked to if it wasn't so tricky to understand.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting aspect of this story is the secret that her mothers has kept her entire life.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Bernadette Dunne?

No.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Besides being very confusing with her family tree looking back on many generations, it does make you question your own identity.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bhardlair on 04-18-18

Great Story!

The discoveries in this book were amazing! Definitely want to dig even deeper into my family's past, more than we have.

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