One Drop - by Bliss Broyard (Paperback)
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About the BookA father's stunning secret sparks a life-transforming journey in this story of race, identity, and the American dream. Broyard tries to make sense of her father's choices and the impact of his revelation on her own life.
Book SynopsisIn this acclaimed memoir, Bliss Broyard, daughter of the literary critic Anatole Broyard, examines her father's choice to hide his racial identity, and the impact of this revelation on her own life. Two months before he died, renowned literary critic Anatole Broyard called his grown son and daughter to his side to impart a secret he had kept all their lives and most of his own: he was black. Born in the French Quarter in 1920, Anatole had begun to conceal his racial identity after his family moved to Brooklyn and his parents resorted to "passing" in order to get work. As he grew older and entered the ranks of the New York literary elite, he maintained the favßade. Now his daughter Bliss tries to make sense of his choices. Seeking out unknown relatives in New York, Los Angeles, and New Orleans, Bliss uncovers the 250-year history of her family in America and chronicles her own evolution from privilged WASP to a woman of mixed-race ancestry.
About the AuthorBliss Broyard is the author of the collection of stories, My Father, Dancing, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the year. Her fiction and essays have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize Anthology and The Art of the Essay, and have appeared in Grand Street, Ploughshares, the New York Times, Elle magazine, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.
Dimensions (Overall): 8.16 Inches (H) x 5.52 Inches (W) x 1.46 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.06 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 544
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Author: Bliss Broyard
Street Date: September 9, 2008
Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-3511
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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LaTrell - 4 years ago
I cried. I cried because his spirit had been broken and I cried because he had to hide his intelligence in another race because the very country he loved denied him employment in his skin and he was embarrassed of his nationalty in and for his residency. I cried because he found love and he hid it from his children. And then I cried joy when his daughter found herself in him.