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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2004

    Acceptance is Peace

    Shanna Washington, the protagonist in Floating, is on a continuous journey to find her true self. A biracial child of an upwardly mobile mother and a working class father, she discovers from an early age she doesn¿t fit in. Floating is a three part study of self- acceptance and of those around her.The writing style of Floating is lyrical. The chapters are short ¿ sometimes only a page or two, which eases in the comprehension of this novel. It also demonstrates to me a much deeper look into Shanna¿s psyche. As the reader explores the three sections, between, black and white, Shanna shares how one overlaps the others. She experiences a detached relationship with her father. Her relationship with her mother is strained at best when she abandons her daughter and husband to return to her upper class world. Entering college her relationship with boyfriend Lionel is tumultuous too. His expectations and her reality aren¿t the same. Everyone has separate motives for caring about her and struggles to see her as a whole person with a unique set of characteristics. She seeks to float above the stereotypes people have concerning biracial individuals.Floating is a book to sit back and contemplate. Because the chapters are so short, we get only a snapshot into Shanna¿s life. This is a very quick read but takes much longer to digest. I¿m sure I¿ve missed nuances of meaning along the way so this is a book that will probably get a rare re-read from me. I want to make sure I¿ve understood all the author is conveying. I also think this is a worthy discussion book and the accompanying reader¿s companion asks insightful questions to further promote intelligent dialogue.

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