Symptomatic by Danzy Senna

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A young woman moves to New York City for what promises to be a dream job. Displaced, she feels unsure of her fit in the world. Then comes a look of recognition, a gesture of friendship from an older woman named Greta who shares the same difficult-to-place color of skin. On common ground, a tenuous alliance grows between two women in racial limbo. So too, does the older woman's unnerving obsession, leading to a collision of two lives spiraling out of control. A beautifully written novel, at once suspenseful, erotic, and tantalizingly clever, Symptomatic is a groundbreaking contribution to the literature of racial identity.


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Danzy Senna 's first novel, Caucasia, won the Stephen Crane Award for Best New Fiction and the ALA's Alex Award, was a finalist for the IMPAC Award, and was named a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. Senna is also the author of Symptomatic and the memoir Where Did You Sleep Last Night? She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two sons.
Published February 1, 2005 by Riverhead. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Adrift in New York, a young woman falls into the clutches of a predatory coworker.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Symptomatic

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When Greta comes along in her life, a fellow biracial person seeking like with supposedly like minds, the narrator does make a halfhearted attempt to befriend the lonely older woman, only to retreat quickly when Greta begins to show signs that all is not well in her own life.

Nov 02 2010 | Read Full Review of Symptomatic

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