You Are Free by Danzy Senna
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From the bestselling author of Caucasia, riveting, unexpected stories about identity under the influence of appearances, attachments, and longing.

Each of these eight remarkable stories by Danzy Senna tightrope-walks tantalizingly, sometimes frighteningly, between defined states: life with and without mates and children, the familiar if constraining reference points provided by race, class, and gender. Tensions arise between a biracial couple when their son is admitted to the private school where they'd applied on a lark. A new mother hosts an old friend, still single, and discovers how each of them pities-and envies- the other. A young woman responds to an adoptee in search of her birth mother, knowing it is not she.


 

About Danzy Senna

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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 May 3, 2011 by Riverhead Books. 239 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Deft, revealing stories about young interracial women struggling for self-identity in an increasingly mixed culture, frequently in the company of men who have little interest in questioning the things they do.

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Publishers Weekly

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Senna (Caucasia) moves into short fiction with a mixed bag of eight stories dealing with race, identity, and motherhood. Though the protagonists are largely defined by race and gender, the issues they

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One might say she is “free” of attachments, and yet she is also “33 and childless, manless, the case study of shrill magazine articles declaring the crisis of American women.” In the same story, an old black woman named Iola, the subject of a profile Lara is writing, is “free” to spend her life s...

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Senna (Caucasia) moves into short fiction with a mixed bag of eight stories dealing with race, identity, and motherhood.

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The Wall Street Journal

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True to the authors' style, Mr. Barnes, perhaps best-known for the 1984 novel "Flaubert's Parrot," gives us a muted and measured portrait of the no-longer-young stage of life in "Pulse" (Knopf, 227 pages, $25), while the rougher-edged Mr. Doyle—his "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha" won the 1993 Booker Priz...

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Bookmarks Magazine

A: I have always loved to read the short story form – have admired it from afar – but considered myself primarily a novelist.

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Boston Review

“I thought there might be a chance.” “How do you know it’s not true?” Mandy said, facing Lara now, but her eyes focused just slightly to the left of Lara’s face.

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