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Black Girl/White Girl Paperback – Bargain Price, May 29, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
In 1975, racial tension still runs high at Genna Meade's mostly white Schuyler College in Pennsylvania. Her outcast black roommate, Minette Swift, is a D.C. preacher's daughter; Genna is descended from the college's founder. Minette misses home desperately; Genna, in contrast, avoids her "hippie" mother's phone calls while yearning for a visit from her absentee father, activist lawyer Maximilian Meade. Despite their differences, the girls muster an effortful friendship, due to the near-fetishization of black culture that Genna's parents have inculcated in her. When racist incidents begin to plague Minette, Genna tries to protect her, but Minette lapses into an antisocial, dangerous depression. Meanwhile, Genna has her own problems—she's gradually piecing together clues to a mystery whose solution may lie far too close to home for comfort. Eventually, Minette's downward spiral prompts a shocking epiphany for Genna that will alter the course of her family's life. Oates bravely grapples with the fallout of the Civil Rights movement, the early '70s backlash against Summer of Love optimism, and the well-intentioned but ultimately condescending antiracist piety of privileged white liberals, but this anecdotal novel feels slight compared to her best work. (Oct.)
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From Bookmarks Magazine
In 2006 Joyce Carol Oates released two novels (Missing Mom and Black Girl/White Girl), a new collection of short stories (High Lonesome), and another novel under her pseudonym Lauren Kelly (Blood Mask). What negativity exists in reviews of her latest work is tied to accusations that Oates sells a promising novel short by not allowing herself time to develop it properly. That doesn't stop Stanley Crouch from delivering an ecstatic review. Nor does the complaint stand up against the balance of critics who come down overwhelmingly on the National Book Award winner's side in proclaiming Black Girl/White Girl a brave, nuanced look at American culture.
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The sexual and violent content is from the narrators childhood memory.
Oates went way out with her imagination for this story line. I would hesitate to recommend it heartily though it was thought provoking to some extent.