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Author:
Gill, Charlotte, 1971- author.
Title:
ALMOST BROWN / A MEMOIR Charlotte Gill.
Edition:
First edition.
Publisher:
Crown,
Copyright Date:
2023
Description:
pages cm
Subject:
Gill, Charlotte,--1971---Family.
Racially mixed women--Canada--Biography.
Racially mixed people--Canada--Biography.
Racially mixed families--Canada.
Racially mixed families--Texas.
Race awareness in children.
Women authors, Canadian--Biography.
Immigrants--Canada--Biography.
British--Canada--Biography.
Canada--Biography.
Notes:
2023/06/06
Contents:
A Little Circle -- Colonial Love -- Half-Castes in Wonderland -- Limbo -- What Are You? -- Goodbye, Motherland -- Naturalized Citizens -- Towelhead -- How Should a Daughter Be? -- A Moonbeam from Lightning -- Zones of Alienation -- Something to Declare --Borderlands -- Fibrillations -- A Well-Worn Groove -- Bubbles -- Beige Utopia -- Inheritance.
Summary:
"An award-winning writer retraces her dysfunctional, biracial, globe-trotting family's journey as she reckons with ethnicity and belonging, diversity and race, and the complexities of life within a multicultural household. Charlotte Gill's father is Indian. Her mother is English. They meet in 1960's London when the world is not quite ready for interracial love. Their union, a revolutionary act, results in a total meltdown of familial relations, a lot of immigration paperwork, and three children, all in varying shades of tan. Together they set off on a journey from the United Kingdom to Canada and to the United States in elusive pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness-a dream that eventually tears them apart. Almost Brown is an exploration of diasporic intermingling involving parents of two different races and their half-brown children as they experience the paradoxes and conundrums of life as it's lived between race checkboxes. Eventually, her parents drift apart because they just aren't compatible. But as she finds herself distancing from her father too--why is she embarrassed to walk down the street with him and not her mom?-she doesn't know if it's because of his personality or his race. As a mixed-race child, was this her own unconscious bias favoringone parent over the other in the racial tug-of-war that plagues our society? Almost Brown looks for answers to questions shared by many mixed-race people: What are you? What does it mean to be a person of color when the concept is a societal invention and really only applies halfway if you are half white? And how does your relationship with your parents change as you change and grow older? In a funny, turbulent, and ultimately heartwarming story, Gill examines the brilliant messiness of ancestry, "diversity," and the idea of "race," a historical concept that still informs our beliefs about ethnicity today"-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN:
0593443012
9780593443019
LCCN:
2022056992
Locations:
BAPH771 -- Des Moines Public Library (Des Moines)
TFPI826 -- Scott County Library System (Eldridge)
YEPF572 -- Marion Public Library (Marion)
UJPE911 -- Norwalk Easter Public Library (Norwalk)
SFPH074 -- Waterloo Public Library (Waterloo)

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