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Symptomatic Paperback – Bargain Price, February 1, 2005
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The second part of the book is the narrator's relationship with another older biracial female, co-worker Greta Hicks, who takes an unnatural interest in the narrator's life, and becomes increasingly bizarre and downright psychopathic. Although this character adds tension to the novel's atmosphere, I believe that the author might have been more concerned at this point about writing a Hollywood script as opposed to a superior novel. That being said, I believe that Danzy Senna is a talented author, and I look forward to reading "Caucasia," as well as her future offerings.
The narrator is a recent college grad from Berkeley, California, her home town. She's moved to New York as the recipient of a prestigious journalism internship. When we first meet her (we never learn her name), she's living in an old women's boarding house but soon to move in with her boyfriend Andrew. One night at a party of Andrew's friends from Andover, our narrator is privy to the racist banter that can go on when people don't realize they're in mixed company. And she is mixed, racially mixed, that is, and light-skinned and straight-haired enough to pass for white. She sees a side of Andrew that she'd perhaps secretly feared was there, and when she does, she decides to leave him. Now all she has to do is find a place to live in Manhattan where she knows no one and has no connections. Enter Greta Hicks, a coworker, who knows of a sublet that's available.
We see a young woman who's bright enough to be a journalism fellowship winner but who's unsure of herself. It's this insecurity that allows Greta to get her hooks into the narrator. What begins as payment of gratitude evolves into an uneasy and somewhat forced friendship and spirals down from there.
Senna has a strong sense of the stark bleakness of New York in winter, the nothing sky and the bite of cold.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I recommend reading all of Danzy Senna's books, she is an amazing writer!Published 19 months ago by kylah
I am a great fan of Danzy Senna. Her work draws the reader in immediately. Though this book is a work of fiction, she embeds history lessons all throughout. Read morePublished on December 11, 2011 by LunaSol
Symptomatic is the story of a young, biracial woman who moves to New York City in the 1990s to work for a magazine. Read morePublished on March 11, 2011 by Debra Hamel
authors attempt to create a dark paranoia chronicle. it was good storytelling but had no real point.Published on March 17, 2009 by graphik_persona
Symptomatic By Danzy Senna 213pp (2004)
In her follow up book to the highly acclaimed Caucaisa, Danzy Senna tell
the story of a nameless biracial California... Read more
This book was original, unpredictable and addictive. I was truly sorry to see it come to an end. Granted, there were a few minor flaws---for instance, I would have liked to have... Read morePublished on March 15, 2005 by Mizukan
The narrator is purposefully nameless throughout. Other characters call her by pet names and unwelcomed nicknames. Read morePublished on February 14, 2005 by Amy
I loved this book, and I knew that Senna could write the excellent "Caucasia", then I would not be disappointed with "Symptomatic". I read the book in one day. Read morePublished on January 13, 2005 by R. N. Stephens