One Drop

One Drop

My Father's Hidden Life--a Story of Race and Family Secrets

Book - 2007
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Two months before he died of cancer, renowned literary critic Anatole Broyard called his grown son and daughter to his side, to reveal a secret he had kept all their lives and most of his own: he was black. His daughter Bliss learned that her WASPy, privileged Connecticut childhood had come at a price. Ever since his own parents, New Orleans Creoles, had moved to Brooklyn and began to "pass" in order to get work, Anatole had learned to conceal his racial identity. As he grew older and entered the ranks of the New York literary élite, he maintained the façade. Now 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.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316163507
Branch Call Number: B BRO
Characteristics: 514 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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Oct 16, 2018

Waste of a perfectly good tree. Broyard yammers on and on about her blackness, although the first DNA test found NOT one drop of African heritage. Makes me think of Rachel Dolezal. I gave up after 100 pages.

Sep 21, 2016

This is a well written and insightful book about the myth of race in America. It has also a wealth of Louisiana history that most people don't know about.

Apr 04, 2015

I want to renew this book but don't know how.


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