The Professor's Daughter: A Novelby Emily Raboteau
"My father is black and my mother is white and my brother is a vegetable." When Emma Boudreaux's older brother winds up in a coma after a freak accident, she loses her compass: only Bernie was able to navigate--if not always diplomatically--the terrain of their biracial identity. And although her father and brother are bound by a haunting past that Emma slowly… See more details below
"My father is black and my mother is white and my brother is a vegetable." When Emma Boudreaux's older brother winds up in a coma after a freak accident, she loses her compass: only Bernie was able to navigate--if not always diplomatically--the terrain of their biracial identity. And although her father and brother are bound by a haunting past that Emma slowly uncovers, she sees that she might just escape.
In exhilarating prose, The Professor's Daughter traces the borderlands of race and family, contested territory that gives rise to rage, confusion, madness, and invisibility. This astonishingly original voice surges with energy and purpose.
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- First Edition
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)
- Age Range:
- 14 - 18 Years
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From The Professor's Daughter:
We are lying in the wet grass staring at the moon. It is summer and there is a golf course spread out like the train of a bridal gown down at the bottom of the hill. There are old people down there, dancing between the sand traps under paper lanterns. It is their reunion and they have an orchestra and the orchestra is playing a waltz and the violins trill out strings of sound that fly like kites up to us on the hill.
My brother looks like an Arabian prince. His saxophone is dismembered. The pieces are shining laid out in a circle around us. Bernie is pulling on a joint and holding the smoke in his lungs so long I worry he's not breathing. The moon is watching us. I touch his face and he lets go the smoke and it rolls away slowly.
"I found out what happened to Bernard Number One," he tells me. Our dad's dad is a secret.
"Did Dad tell you?"
Bernie and our dad don't talk anymore. They made our dad the first black dean and he moved us to this castle overlooking a golf course and he looked around and said what the hell am I doing here, my life is halfway over and look where I am. He told us, "I may be gone for one month, I may be gone for two months, I may be gone forever."
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After reading some great reviews on this book, I was so excited to read it. The book was alright but it didn't live up to my expectations. I think the some of the characters could have been better developed...Emma, Bernie, and their mother Lynn were complete mysteries. Bernard Jr. is the only character that I truly felt like I connected with...Too much time was spent on stories that didn't fit with what I thought the book was trying to convey(Lester's wife Meteke and Little Willa).