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Title:New People
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Publisher:Riverhead Books
ISBN:159448709X
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Number of Pages:240
Category:Fiction, Race, Contemporary, African american

New People by Danzy Senna

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC New People From the bestselling author of i Caucasia i a subversive and engrossing novel of race class and manners in contemporary America .

As the twentieth century draws to a close Maria is at the start of a life she never thought possible She and Khalil her college sweetheart are planning their wedding They are the perfect couple King and Queen of the Racially Nebulous Prom Their skin is the same shade of beige They live together in a black bohemian enclave in Brooklyn where Khalil is riding the wave of the first dot com boom and Maria is plugging away at her dissertation on the Jonestown massacre They ve even landed a starring role in a documentary about new people like them who are blurring the old boundaries as a brave new era dawns Everything Maria knows she should want lies before her yet she can t stop daydreaming about another man a poet she barely knows As fantasy escalates to fixation it dredges up secrets from the past and threatens to unravel not only Maria s perfect new life but her very persona .

Heartbreaking and darkly comic i New People i is a bold and unfettered page turner that challenges our every assumption about how we define one another and ourselves

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Oreo, Mixed: An Anthology of Short Fiction on the Multiracial Experience, Caucasia, Where Did You Sleep Last Night? A Personal History, Gumbo A Celebration of African American Writers, Black No More, Symptomatic, New People, You Are Free
Though multiracialism has recently become a popular aspect of many memoirs and novels Mixed is the first of its kind a fiction anthology with racial overlap as its compass With original pieces by both established and emerging writers Mixed explores the complexities of identity that come with being a multiracial person br br Every story crafted by authors who are themselves mixed race broaches multiracialism through character or theme With contributors such as Cristina Garcia Danzy Senna Ruth Ozeki Mat Johnson Wayde Compton Diana Abu Jaber Emily Raboteau Mary Yukari Waters and Peter Ho Davies and an illuminating introduction by Rebecca Walker Mixed gives narrative voice to the multiple identities of the rising generation br br Contents br br The anthropologists kids by Ruth Ozeki br Effigies by Lucinda Roy br Minotaur by Peter Ho Davies br Mrs Turner s lawn Jockeys by Emily Raboteau br Footnote by Carmit Delman br My Elizabeth by Diana Abu Jaber br Gift giving by Mat Johnson br Shadey by Stewart David Ikeda br Unacknowledged by Brian Ascalon Roley br Caste system by Mary Yukari Waters br Wayward by Chandra Prasad br Falling sky by Cristina Garcia br The non Babylonians by Wayde Compton br Hollywood by Marina Budhos br Human mathematics by Mamle Kabu br Bing Chen by Neela Vaswani br The lost sparrow by Kien Nguyen br Triad by Danzy Senna, b From the bestselling author of i Caucasia i riveting unexpected stories about identity under the influence of appearances attachments and longing b br br Each of these eight remarkable stories by Danzy Senna tightrope walks tantalizingly sometimes frighteningly between defined states life with and without mates and children the familiar if constraining reference points provided by race class and gender Tensions arise between a biracial couple when their son is admitted to the private school where they d applied on a lark A new mother hosts an old friend still single and discovers how each of them pities and envies the other A young woman responds to an adoptee in search of her birth mother knowing it is not she, A young woman moves to New York City for what promises to be a dream job Displaced she feels unsure of her fit in the world Then comes a look of recognition a gesture of friendship from an older woman named Greta who shares the same difficult to place color of skin On common ground a tenuous alliance grows between two women in racial limbo So too does the older woman s unnerving obsession leading to a collision of two lives spiraling out of control A beautifully written novel at once suspenseful erotic and tantalizingly clever b Symptomatic b is a groundbreaking contribution to the literature of racial identity, When Danzy Senna s parents got married in they seemed poised to defy history They were two brilliant young American writers from wildly divergent backgrounds a white woman with a blue blood Bostonian lineage and a black man the son of a struggling single mother and an unknown father They married in a year that seemed to separate the past from the present together these two would snub the histories that divided them and embrace a radical future When their marriage disintegrated eight years later it was as one friend put it the ugliest divorce in Boston s history a violent traumatic war that felt all the more heartrending given the hopeful symbolism of their union br br Decades later Senna looks back not only at her parents divorce but beyond it to the opposing American histories that her parents had tried so hard to overcome On her mother s side of the family she finds in carefully preserved documents the chronicle of a white America both illustrious and shameful On her father s she discovers through fragments and shreds of evidence a no less remarkable history As she digs deeper into this unwritten half of the story she reconstructs a long buried family mystery that illuminates her own childhood In the process she begins to understand her difficult father the power and failure of her parents union and finally the forces of history br br i Where Did You Sleep Last Night i is at once a potent statement of personal identity a challenging look at the murky waters of American ancestry and an exploration of narratives the narratives we create and those we forget Senna has given us an unforgettable testimony to the paradoxes the pain and the pride embedded in history family and race