In her memoir, Pauline Nevins, the offspring of a white Irish woman and an unknown African American soldier, chronicles the downs and ups of a mixed-race child growing up in an all-white family in predominantly white Great Britain.
The author shares the challenges she fought growing up conflicted by her racial identity, struggling to thrive within an emotionally abusive household, and yearning for a father she never knew.
The first sentence is one of the best openings I’ve ever read. The author is remembering the day the school picture on the cover was being taken. The photographer calls out, “You, the colored girl in the second row, please move over a little.” Pauline keeps forgetting she looks different than everyone else in her family …. It’s a wonderful book that touched my heart, made me cry, and left me cheering. I recommend it wholeheartedly.