The Professor's Daughter
By Emily Raboteau
(Picador, Paperback, 9780312425685, 288pp.)
Publication Date: January 24, 2006
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"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.
Emily Raboteau is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award and a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and teaches creative writing at the City College of New York.