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Saturday, 8 November 2014

Mama's Child: A Novel by Joan Steinau Lester

Mama's Child: A NovelMama's Child: A Novel by Joan Steinau Lester
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a very moving tale.

I am not racist whatsoever and I never judge people on what they have, what they look like or face value.

This is a story of a bi racial marriage with the daughter turning out half white and half black. Back then, they called them 'half breeds' I hated that time in history when I ever read it many years ago at school. Because people are people, fat, thin, black or white.

The strain on the marriage breaks it up.

The daughter has conflict of her own not knowing where she belongs. Not only in love, parents but in race.

I found it a well rounded read and it kept my interest throughout.


I would like to thank Atria Books via Net Galley for allowing me to read and review this lovely book.


A stunning tale about the deeply entrenched conflicts between a white mother and her biracial daughter.

Mama’s Child is story of an idealistic young white woman who travelled to the American South as a civil rights worker, fell in love with an African American man, and started a family in San Francisco, where the more liberal city embraced them—except when it didn’t. They raise a son and daughter, but the tensions surrounding them have a negative impact on their marriage, and they divorce when their children are still young. For their biracial daughter, this split further destabilizes her already challenged sense of self—“Am I black or white?” she must ask herself, “Where do I belong?” Is she her father’s daughter alone?

As the years pass, the chasm between them widens, even as the mother attempts to hold on to the emotional chord that binds them. It isn’t until the daughter, Ruby, herself becomes a wife and mother that she begins to develop compassion and understanding for the many ways that her own mother’s love transcended race and questions of identity.





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