a novel by Barbara Delinsky
What if your biological child resembled none of your ancestors, or your spouse's ancestors?
What if your biological child was of a different race?
What conclusion would you make, or your spouse make?
Barbara Delinsky writes an easy to read story with very complex issues that challenge the reader. She develops her characters thoughtfully and the reader is comfortable exploring the controversial feelings along with them. Questions and feelings regarding race, especially when it concerns one's children or grandchildren, are not often written about. The family interactions, among grandparents, uncles, aunts, etc. are written invoking many different points of view. This is a well written story that raises many issues that parents and families of mixed-race children might have had to deal with. The tension in this story was due to the fact that no one expected any African-American ancestors in the family's ancestral tree. With knowledge of their family tree the characters might have expected this, have had nothing to explain, and just simply enjoyed the birth of their daughter.
This story peaked my curiosity since I wondered where the story would go. This is a great book for a book club where you feel comfortable enough to share feelings about race and diversity. In some areas, they consider it a 'mixed' marriage if you marry someone from a different part of the same country but speak a different dialect, even though you are the same religion and race!
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