Where Did You Sleep Last Night? A Personal History

Where Did You Sleep Last Night? A Personal History

Picador (an imprint of Macmillan)
May 2009
208 pages
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-312-42939-3, ISBN10: 0-312-42939-8
Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-374-28915-7, ISBN10: 0-374-28915-8

Danzy Senna

When Danzy Senna’s parents married in 1968, they seemed poised to defy history: two beautiful young American writers from wildly divergent backgrounds—a white woman with a blue-blood Bostonian lineage and a black man, the son of a struggling single mother and an unknown father. When their marriage disintegrated eight years later, the violent, traumatic split felt all the more tragic for the hopeful symbolism it had once borne.

Decades later, Senna looks back not only at her parents’ divorce but at the histories that they had tried so hard to overcome. In the tradition of James McBride’s The Color of Water, Where Did You Sleep Last Night? is “a stunningly rendered personal heritage that mirrors the complexities of race, class, and ethnicity in the United States” (Booklist).

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