Black & White by Dani Shapiro

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Clara Brodeur has spent her entire adult life pulling herself away from her famous mother, the renowned and controversial photographer Ruth Dunne, whose towering reputation rests on the unsettling nude portraits she took of her young daughter.

At age eighteen, sick of her notoriety as “the girl in the pictures,” Clara fled New York City, settling and making her own family in small-town Maine. But years later, when Ruth reaches out from her deathbed, Clara suddenly finds herself drawn back to the past she thought she had escaped. From the beloved author of Family History and Slow Motion, a spellbinding novel that asks: How do we forgive those who failed to protect us?

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About Dani Shapiro

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Dani Shapiro is the author of four acclaimed novels, Family History, Playing with Fire, Fugitive Blue, and Picturing the Wreck, and the best-selling memoir Slow Motion. She teaches in the graduate writing program at The New School, and has written for TheNew York Times, Granta, Elle, and Ploughshares, among other magazines. She lives with her husband and son in Litchfield County, Connecticut.
Published April 3, 2007 by Anchor. 274 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction

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Dani Shapiro’s protagonist was her photographer/mother’s favorite subject.

Apr 22 2007 | Read Full Review of Black & White

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Those praising the novel found the characters well drawn, but others thought the novel uneven, with a compelling storyline weighed down by the predictability of Clara’s emotional journey as an adult.

Aug 02 2007 | Read Full Review of Black & White

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