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From the Publisher"The Professor's Daughter intensely treats with a young life, the strains of an interracial family and the seemingly hopeless vicissitudes of adolescence. Sometimes funny, and at other times horrifying, it's always riveting and alive. This is a first rate job, a book that shows great subtlety and skill."
-Robert Stone, author of Bay Of Souls and Damascus Gate
"The Professor's Daughter is an exciting debut by an enchanting writer whose singular voice makes every page of this novel exceptional. Emily Raboteau is funny and moving in the tradition of our best novelists. This elegant novel heralds the arrival of an important new writer with something to say. I can't wait to read her next book, and the ones after that."
— Katharine Weber, author of The Little Women, The Music Lesson, Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear
"Emily Raboteau's prose is generous and precise, yet it is also lush and sensual and smart, without any tricks of forced irony. These qualities alone would make The Professor's Daughter memorable, but what sets it apart is its honest portrayal of characters who are entirely real because their author has summoned the courage to write nakedly and honestly about them. This is a moving and significant work by a truly gifted and important new writer among us."
—Andre Dubus III
"The world that Emily Raboteau has so wonderfully created here is at turns harsh, beautiful, strange, and always real. The language of this novel is lyrical, yet precise, at once dissecting the notion of biracial existence and, correctly, stripping it of any currency. This work is unflinchingly intelligent."
—Percival Everett, author of Erasure
"(Raboteau's) prose is vibrant with life...Her timing is excellent, her humor is wry, her voice is on point and her eye works with laserlike precision. Raboteau's sensitivity to life and to people is nothing short of astounding"
—San Francisco Chronicle
"Fearless and lyrically inventive, Raboteau is a writer to watch"
—O: The Oprah Magazine
"Raboteau tackles racism and racial violence in her dark, twisting semi-autobiographical novel, The Professor's Daughter. But what sets this profound debut apart and should ensure its success is not only its thematic cultural relevance but the immediacy and authenticity of its narrative."
"Emily Raboteau's engaging first novel, The Professor's Daughter, takes up the fundamental American obsession with racial categorization and acknowledges the claims that the history of such categorization makes on the individual"
"Raboteau's lyrical yet clear writing style lends itself well to this story, which is often both terrifying and beautiful... A book with resonating themes and a powerful storyline, The Professor's Daughter is a strong debut from a talented writer."