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One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life--A Story of Race and Family Secrets

 
 
 
 
One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life--A Story of Race and Family Secrets
Author: Bliss Broyard
ISBN 13: 9780316008068
ISBN 10: 316008060
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: 2008-09-09
Format: Paperback
Pages: 544
List Price: $17.00
 
 

Ever since renowned literary critic Anatole Broyard's own parents, New Orleans Creoles, had moved to Brooklyn and began to "pass" in order to get work, he had learned to conceal his racial identity. As he grew older and entered the ranks of the New York literary elite, he maintained the façade. Now his daughter Bliss tries to make sense of his choices and the impact of this revelation on her own life. She searches out the family she never knew in New York and New Orleans, and considers the profound consequences of racial identity. With unsparing candor and nuanced insight, Broyard chronicles her evolution from sheltered WASP to a woman of mixed race ancestry.