Boy, Snow, Bird, by Helen Oyeyemi
Reviewer: Susan Talend; age 41; stay-at-home mom; Atlanta.
Susan’s assessment: When Boy, a beautiful blond woman, gives birth to a dark-skinned baby girl named Bird, she suddenly realizes that her husband and her stepdaughter, Snow, whom she had thought were white, are actually light-skinned African Americans who have been “passing.” Not wanting everyone to constantly compare Bird’s skin color with that of her stepsister, Boy cruelly sends Snow to live far away with her aunt. Through Boy’s observations of the harsh treatment of her daughter by her racially segregated community, the novel explores powerful themes, such as self-perception, race relations, and the role appearance plays in relationships.
To buy: $28, amazon.com.