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In Caucasia—Danzy Senna’s extraordinary debut novel and national bestseller— Birdie and Cole are the daughters of a black father and a white mother. Look out for Danzy Senna’s latest book, New People, on sale in August! Birdie and Cole are the daughters of a black father and a white mother, intellectuals. Maya Jaggi on Danzy Senna’s parable of race, From Caucasia, With Love.

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She goes through experiences with poverty, homelessness, her mother’s deep paranoia, and her own sexuality as she tries to discover her place in the world.

Senna tells this coming-of-age tale with impressive beauty and power. About it all being constructed. Haunted by the loss of her sister, she sets out a desperate search for the family that left her behind.

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An accomplished novel of issues that doesn’t offer any easy solutions but does poignantly evoke the pain and paradox of those caught in the racial crossfire. Some reviewers, while praising Caucasia as a good debut novel, felt that there were some weaknesses.

It’s the same with things that are deeply black – an Asian girl’s hair, a drop of ink, a stallion’s coat. I can’t believe no one is talking about this book anymore. Caucasia is an American novel written by Danzy Senna.

What I found interesting was the juxtaposition of Birdie at all black Nrkrumah school and Birdie at a mostly all white New Hampshire school. They felt the loss before it happened, and their love was defined by that loss.


Birdie is a strong protagonist whose strength and vulnerability carry the narrative. How do her sexual experiences with Alexis compare to her later sexual experiences with Nicholas in New Hampshire? We are experiencing technical difficulties. One cauvasia Birdie watches her father and his new girlfriend drive away with Cole. Something that to Birdie, and many mixed people, feels like a slap in the face to herself, her people, her father.

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That was 3 days ago. Plus, this also put in focus how black Birdie knew she was despite how white she looked on the outside. Eventually, she runs away to find her father and sister. Not only is this an caucasja book, it is also beautifully written. Buy the selected items together This item: View all 10 comments.

In this debut novel of Danzy Sennashe explores all five, without the goal of solving their complexities, but understanding them better. The narrator of the novel is Birdie Lee, a multiracial child who has a white mother and black father. As the older woman’s interest turns into obsession, the narrator must figure out what their relationship means to her, even caucadia both of wenna lives seem to spiral out of control.

Then when Birdie goes to New Hampshire she learns to become comfortable with the n-word. That is probably apt.


Caucasia had a special appeal to me when I first read it inthe year of its original publication. See all reviews. Birdie’s naivete is slight and she grasps matters as they come in a esnna way, never happy or cliched. With some rigorous editing and a tighter narrative, this might have been a wonderful novel. I related to a lot of things a lot and was educated on a point of view for others. The almost palpable way this impacts the lives of these two sisters is incredibly moving and unforgettable.

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When we first meet Birdie Lee, she is an 8-year-old whose whole world is her family: Soon Birdie and her mother are on the road as well, drifting across the country in search of a new home. Caucasia is a compelling and nuanced coming-of-age story about race, identity and family amid the backdrop of ss America.

Mar 20, Miste rated it it was ok. She is quite young when the book begins and while she seems to understand racial politics to some degree her mother is in some sort of radical Black Panthers like group she observes, but is unable to interpret so much of the prejudice and assumptions that go on around her.