Caucasia: A Novel [Danzy Senna] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Look out for Danzy Senna’s latest book, New People, on sale in . Maya Jaggi on Danzy Senna’s parable of race, From Caucasia, With Love. A Longish Intro on How I Came Across this Book Danzy Senna reviewed a book in the New Yorker in May , a work she refers to as that.

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It was republished in July Review of From Caucasia, With Love. Birdie and Cole are two sisters, so close, they have their own made up language they speak fluently, that no one else can understand. The rest of society judges them on appearance, for Birdie appears white and her older sister Cole appears to be black. Cole leaves for Brazil with her father and Birdie is on the run with her white activist mother fleeing the authorities.

The story is narrated from the point of view of Birdie and although she aenna just like her sister, danz were already signs of their differences in the behaviour of those closest to them. Birdie travels with her mother, losing all contact with her sister and father and integrates into a new life and school as someone she is not, she accepts it, but the truth seethes beneath the surface of all her interactions, she becomes numb to the misconceptions about who she is, until she has had enough and decides to go looking for Cole and her father.

The less I behaved like myself, the more I could believe that this was still a game. That my real self — Birdie Lee — was safely hidden beneath my beige flesh, and that when the right moment came, I would reveal her, preserved, frozen solid in ddanzy moment in which I had left her.


It is a gripping coming of bj story of a girl who yb deal with so much more than growing up, being forced to subsume another identity, neither one thing nor the other, without a role model to guide her. Reading your review made me think of a book that I picked up in South Africa. I was looking for black female writers and I picked this up on a whim though it did look familiar it should be available and I noticed it has also been translated into French.

It is called Coconut by Kopano Matlwa. It follows two black young women who meet in Johannesburg.

One is privileged and grew up in a white suburb, the other grew up poor in a township. I have not read it yet but it really sounds interesting.

It came out in and has won a number of awards. I can see I shall have to bite the bullet an learn about on-line and kindle and amazon!!!

I enjoyed your review, Claire. Great review, as ever, Claire. Like Liked by 1 person. How awful that the sisters had to be separated!

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The fact that the sisters get different reactions from people, etc. Three of my siblings are adopted, and I am always wondering about things like this. How does looking different in the world change you, even though you come from the same starting place? I totally get what you mean about how we are perceived, we all know that the visual look of someone does account for a significant proportion of first impressions and judgements.


I also wonder not just about the physical appearance but the other aspects that make up character, that connect a child to a parent, that allow a child to understand themselves and their inclinations, interests etc.

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts Naomi. Brillant minds think alike!

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Both sound like stunning stories that everybody should pick up. I really need to re-read it. I just remember liking it a lot. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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