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My Father's Hidden Life : A Story of Race and Family Secrets

eBook - 2007
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Two months before he died of cancer, renowned literary critic Anatole Broyard called his grown son and daughter to his side, intending to reveal a secret he had kept all their lives and most of his own: he was black. But even as he lay dying, the truth was too difficult for him to share, and it was his wife who told Bliss that her WASPy, privileged Connecticut childhood had come at a price. Ever since his own parents, New Orleans Creoles, had moved to Brooklyn and began to pass in order to get work, Anatole had learned to conceal his racial identity. As he grew older and entered the ranks of the New York literary elite, he maintained the facade. Now his daughter Bliss tries to make sense of his choices and the impact of this revelation on her own life. She searches out the family she never knew in New York and New Orleans, and considers the profound consequences of racial identity. With unsparing candor and nuanced insight, Broyard chronicles her evolution from sheltered WASP to a woman of mixed race ancestry.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316019729
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 514 p. :,ill., photos., geneal. table ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Sep 21, 2016

This is a well written and insightful book about the myth of race in America. It has also a wealth of Louisiana history that most people don't know about.

Apr 04, 2015

I want to renew this book but don't know how.

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