I'm on my way to Maine from Minneapolis, with a stop in New York (the day there are direct flights MSP -->BGR will be a happy day). This late night flight is made better by the fact that I have a row to myself and a large can of Surly.
A few weeks ago, I came across a used copy of Caucasia at Magers & Quinn for $7.99. A few Goodreads folks rated it highly, so I grabbed it. I didn't quite realize how famous this book was when I bought it. Danzy Senna, who is from Boston (Brookline HS grad!), now works as an English professor at USC. She is the daughter of two Boston based writers: Fanny Howe (white, poet) and Carl Senna (black, journalist). Senna's book is a coming of age story, focused on the experience of a biracial girl, Birdie Lee. The novel, set primarily in Boston, takes place in the 1970's. Senna focuses on Birdie's relationship with her older sister, Cole. Though Birdie and Cole are sisters, Birdie looks like her white mother (and passes as white throughout most of the novel), while Cole resembles her black father. They are assigned to separate public schools ("in the name of diversity") and stared at by kids in the neighborhood. When underground political activity drives the parents apart, Birdie and Cole are separated. Birdie is raised to pass as a white girl in New Hampshire, while Cole grows up in California, identifying as black.
This is a short review because I'm out of time on this flight, but this book is 100% worth picking up (especially if you're from Boston). I'm hoping to read Senna's new book this week.