Summary- A white couple has a baby with African American features. The parents begin to look into their family tree and what they discover will shake the world as they know it.
My rating: A-
This book grabbed me and dragged me in. It is the first audiobook I have brought home and listened to on the couch after work while the children watched cartoons. Normally, I can leave an audiobook at work to continue my next day.
I loved the questions this book raised about how we feel about race as well as how we view race.
I also really enjoyed the characters. The family really rang true to me, particularly the extended family that was worried about how things “looked”. I have family members like that who feel like it is a personal affront to them if you choose to be different from how they think you should be.
I also questioned my own feelings about bigotry and racism. I grew up in a small town without much racial diversity. I now work in a much more diverse city but there is still a feeling like those who are black and who are white are different. I still see race, even though I wish I didn’t and I certainly don’t consider myself racist.
There were a few negatives of this book.
Firstly, I thought some of the side plots were rather pointless. I also thought a few things in the book were fairly far fetched. If you can suspend disbelief, this is a really good read.