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Since her parents are s radicals, one camp forces itself upon her as her white mother, Sandy, informs her that she will live as a white, Jewish girl in New Hampshire to protect the both seenna them from the FBI. One minute I’m on page and transported to Birdie’s world and the next I’m on page rejoicing in how awesome this book is. That said, the writing in the book was hard to get past at times, showy and redundant adnzy full of cliches.

Who sehna passing for what? Why does he take her photograph in the playground? If race is so make-believe, why did I go with Mum? Birdie does not describe herself, but her interactions with others indicate she is lighter skinned than her sister and can pass as white.

I read this book many years ago and enjoyed it immensely. And nothing will ever be the same. How does looking different in the world change you, even though you come from the same starting place?

She rebels against white America even as she becomes a part of it. View the Lesson Plans.

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They are assigned to separate public schools “in the name of diversity” and stared at by kids in the neighborhood. The girls spend much of their time playing together in their attic room, even inventing their own language, which continues to be their unique connection throughout dnazy story.


How awful that the sisters had to be separated! Birdie feels betrayed and begins to question if the FBI ever was after her mother. Its about a young girl coming to grips with her reality, and for mixed people race is an everyday reality.

Caucasia Summary & Study Guide

Birdie’s father, a Black Power activist and scholar, takes Cole and leaves to Brazil. No daughter of his is going to pass Caucasia by Danzy Senna asks the question on every mixed persons mind;caucasia-novel “What color do you think I am? Jenny, Powell’s Daily Dose. Deck heads for Brazil with Cole and his new girlfriend, while Sandy and Birdie go on the run to the “whitewashed” heartland of New Hampshire the “Caucasia” of the title camouflaged as “Sheila Goldman” and her half-Jewish daughter.

The adventure really begins when their parents political views in cause a reaction that changes all their lives forever. The second, about looking caucasian like her mother. They were ver active in politics and the Black Power movement.

Caucasia by Danzy Senna – Reading Guide – : Books

Those interested in matters of race and society. Is Birdie a canary in the coal mine? Cole’s nappy hair was looked down upon by neighbors on the street, because Cole was not following the beauty expectations of those in the black community.

Birdie and her older sister Cole are daughters of a white mother and a black father, living in Boston in the s. 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.


It’s not only a good story with great complicated compelling characters it really tells us a lot about the way race impacts our relationships with one another, and how that changes in time and place.

Deck Lee was one of Sandy’s father’s students,an intellectual, his head full of ideas, his motivation always to pursue them and commit them to paper.

Sian Preece agreed, noting, “Senna’s cahcasia has a grace and gravity to it, but lacks lightness. It’s changing but so slowly it’s almost imperceptible.

Colour bind

When Birdie starts to dress and mimic the white girls in her New Hampshire class she does so to be accepted and a part of the white community. Brillant minds think alike!

All the above are reasons why a book caufasia a classic, it stands out as not just a good read but an important piece of art with something to say about the human experience. It’s the story of a biracial family in s Boston: It was something that was on my mind a lot at the time, and it was exactly the right book for me then.

Is her ability to disappear a blessing danzyy a curse? Plus, this also put in focus how black Birdie knew she was despite how white she looked on the outside. You gave me to Mum ’cause I looked white. I totally get what you mean about how we are perceived, we all know that the visual look of someone does account for a significant proportion of first impressions and judgements.