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Caucasia
by Danzy Senna


To:                ALL                   Date:    02/20
From:   DNBR75A    S THOMSEN             Time:    10:31 PM

Hi, all. Life interrupter alert! CAUCASIA, by Danzy Senna.  
I'm only on page 91 (out of 353), but so far, this is GREAT!
Here are a couple of items from the flap. First, a quote, by
Junot Diaz: "This is a gorgeous novel of black, white, and  
those of us in between---bold, cunning, beautiful." Then,   
from the description: "Birdie and Cole are the daughters of 
a black father and a white mother, intellectuals and        
activists in the civil rights movement in Boston in the     
1970s. The sisters are so close that they have created a    
private language, yet to the outside world they can't be    
sisters: while Cole looks like her father's daughter, Birdie
appears to be white..." The parents' marriage is falling>   
apart; the mother becomes more and more involved with       
activist causes. Is the FBI watching the house? Color, the  
"lost idealisms of the 1970s" (according to one blurb on the
back cover), "the caste and class and kinship by the secret 
grammar of family"---these are a few of the book's themes.  
CAUCASIA is the author's first novel. (She's 28.) The book  
is super, so far.                                           
   I spotted this one in B & N in NYC, then checked it out  
from the local library. Riverhead Books/Penguin Putnam,     
1998.                                                       
                                                            
                       Susan                                


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To:     DNBR75A    S THOMSEN             Date:    02/21
From:   KDEX08B    RUTH BAVETTA          Time:     1:16 AM

Hi Susan, I read of review of this somewhere recently.  Let 
us know if it's good to the last drop.                      
Ruth                                                        


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To:     DNBR75A    S THOMSEN             Date:    02/21
From:   TQWX67A    ANN DAVEY             Time:     1:36 PM

Thanks for the tip, Susan.                                  
                                                            
Ann                                                         


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To:     DNBR75A    S THOMSEN             Date:    02/22
From:   KGXC73A    GAIL SINGER GROSS     Time:    11:44 AM

greetings SUSAN..                                           
                                                            
can't wait till you are finished and can report..if the book
as sustained its momentum.. will be awaiting!!!             
                                                            
thanks for sharing..                                        
                                                            
gail..hp..a p r ..can't believe the sun is out!!!           


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To:     KGXC73A    GAIL SINGER GROSS     Date:    02/22
From:   DNBR75A    S THOMSEN             Time:     4:43 PM

gail, Ruth, Ann, and all,                                   
  I finished CAUCASIA today and have one word for it:       
FABULOUS! A real life interrupter. Yay! Strong writing, a   
lot of forward momentum, and well-drawn characters. It's a  
book that tells a complex story, and it's written with a lot
of love. I finished the novel on the train from NY, and     
wanted to jump up and down and shout, "This is a great book,
everybody! Read this one!" Then again, I didn't want to get 
kicked off the train, so this is my cyber way of jumping up 
and down.                                                
                                                            
         Susan                                              


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To:     DNBR75A    S THOMSEN             Date:    02/22
From:   KDEX08B    RUTH BAVETTA          Time:     7:22 PM

Great, Susan.  This moves to the top of my TBR list.        
                                                            
Ruth                                                        


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To:     KDEX08B    RUTH BAVETTA          Date:    02/22
From:   DNBR75A    S THOMSEN             Time:    10:53 PM

Ruth, I see on the flap of CAUCASIA that the author, Danzy  
Senna, has an MFA from UC Irvine. Is that near you? She does
a marvelous job with place in her book.                     
                                                            
Susan                                                       


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To:     DNBR75A    S THOMSEN             Date:    02/22
From:   FNMN56E    LYNN EVANS            Time:    10:59 PM

Susan, UC Irvine has a quite well-respected writing program.
It's about halfway between L.A. and San Diego (I think!).   
Lynn                                                        


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To:     DNBR75A    S THOMSEN             Date:    02/23
From:   KDEX08B    RUTH BAVETTA          Time:     1:05 AM

Drn, this book's only available in hardback, and my library 
(of course) doesn't have a copy.                            
                                                            
Yes, UC Irvine's just about an hour's drive away from me.  I
came close to going there for graduate school. Lynn's right,
it's betweeen LA & San Diego, but I  closer to LA, I'd say. 
                                                            
Ruth                                                        


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To:     DNBR75A    S THOMSEN             Date:    02/23
From:   KGXC73A    GAIL SINGER GROSS     Time:     3:33 PM

greetings SUSAN..                                           
                                                            
bless you.. i needed to hear about a real LIFE              
INTERRUPTER...i peeked at it yesterday at the bookstore and 
thought of you ...anxiously awaiting your finale!!!!        
                                                            
keep reading and feeding us SUSAN...my time is limited.. now
up to 5 hours of addicitive bridge playing a night..        
                                                      WHO   
SLEEPS...  gail..hp..a p r..excited about a LIFE            
INTERRUPTER...!                                             


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To:     KGXC73A    GAIL SINGER GROSS     Date:    02/23
From:   TQWX67A    ANN DAVEY             Time:     8:11 PM

Susan,                                                      
I'm adding this to my TBR list tonight. Did I read that the 
author is also biracial, or am I getting her confused with  
someone else?                                               
                                                            
Ann                                                         


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To:     DNBR75A    S THOMSEN             Date:    02/24
From:   KGXC73A    GAIL SINGER GROSS     Time:     0:17 AM

greetings SUSAN..                                           
                                                            
                                                            
                                                            
    just ordered it from the libray... will inform          
later...love to get excited about someone else's enthusiasm 
about a LIFE INTERRUPTER!                                   
                                                            
gail..hp..a p r.. in the midst of WHOREDOM IN KIMMAGE.. and 
POTATOES not PROZAC...about people who are sugar sensitive! 


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To:     TQWX67A    ANN DAVEY             Date:    02/24
From:   DNBR75A    S THOMSEN             Time:    10:04 AM

Ann, yes, you're right about the author; her mother is white
and her father black. Several of the quotes on the back     
cover say that in her book  Senna destroys the myth of the  
"tragic mulatto." I'm not familiar with the phrase "tragic  
mulatto"; do you know where it comes from?                  
                                                            
Susan                                                       


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To:     DNBR75A    S THOMSEN             Date:    02/24
From:   TQWX67A    ANN DAVEY             Time:     6:30 PM

No, Susan, I don't have a clue where the phrase "tragic     
mulatto" came from, but I remember when many felt it would  
not be fair to the children if whites and blacks married    
(that certainly dates me). I think that the idea was that   
they wouldn't really be accepted by either race. My kids    
have biracial friends and it doesn't seem to make any       
difference to them. Of course, I have no idea if the kids   
themselves have identity problems, but they seem very well  
adjusted.                                                   
                                                            
Ann                                                         



 

 
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