Irene Redfield meets her old friend Clare Kendry, by accident. The two hadn't seen eac other since their childhood. Both are light-skinned black women who are trying to escape racism of the 1920s.
Clare is passing herself off as white. Irene has chosen to ignore that racism exists. She is bothered by Irene's company, and yet she is enamored by her charm. Clare is married to a man who is racist and doesn’t know that she is black. Because she misses the company of her culture and race, she attaches herself to Irene. Irene never fully accepts Clare’s company and is constantly bothered by the fact that Clare lives a lie.
BTSYA / Teen Reader (16):
Because this book was assigned for me to read and annotate over the summer, I did not enjoy some of it. Even so, it is an interesting read and the fastest book I went through this summer. I would recommend it to high school teens and any adult.
Readers who enjoy character-driven stories, realistic fiction centered on social issues, and thought-provoking topics will enjoy this book.
The two characters give readers - especially teen book clubs - lots to talk and think about.
This is an historical fiction novel that tackles timeless issues of choices and sense of self.
13 and Up
14 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 16