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Family Secrets: A Journey of Good and Evil Paperback – February 16, 2017
About the Author
Dr. Fran White is a psychologist and family therapist who is the author of three books. She also was a columnist for a local newspaper writing about human behavior and psychological issues. Dr. White was inspired to share this story, FAMILY SECRETS: A JOURNEY OF GOOD AND EVIL, from the life of a family member.
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I cannot recommend the book because it is a waste of time.
Brandy's quest to find her racial identity was the theme of this novel but she did find a devoted soulmate and had children and grandchildren who are interesting characters in this book. As a history buff, I did enjoy the depictions of living through World War II in London during the Blitz.
I was particularly impressed by this author's description of the history of racism and how it impacts on the world and those who ae discriminated against.
I do recommend this book highly since it not only touches your heart but provides insight into the topic of racism.
Through many years of searching Brandy uncovers the truth, layer by layer. Dr. White clearly puts the pain of racism on the front burner for everyone to see and experience through Brandy's trials. The characters are well developed and reflect a variety of reactions to the discovery of a mixed race history - from Brandy, who lays bare the facts of her heritage and rather than rejecting them, she embraces them and searches for the answers to many questions; to her husband Robert who supports her even in her darkest moments. Her children have contradicting feelings, her daughter completely rejects the heritage, while her son is accepting and supportive. Her minor characters in the roles of her sister, her in-laws, and her distant relatives, are each fleshed out and add dimension to the story.
The racism portrayed in "Family Secrets" is a difficult topic to address and makes each of us look more closely at our own beliefs. Dr. White handles this issue with grace and, in spite of the hard truths she portrays in the book, she leaves the reader with a positive attitude toward dealing with this issue.