The Professor’s Daughter: A Novel

The Professor’s Daughter: A Novel

Picador an Imprint of Macmillan
January 2006
288 pages
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-312-42568-5, ISBN10: 0-312-42568-6

Emily Raboteau, Associate Professor of English
The City College of New York

“My father is black and my mother is white and my brother is a vegetable.” When Emma Boudreaux’s older brother winds up in a coma after a freak accident, she loses her compass: only Bernie was able to navigate—if not always diplomatically—the terrain of their biracial identity. And although her father and brother are bound by a haunting past that Emma slowly uncovers, she sees that she might just escape.

In exhilarating prose, The Professor’s Daughter traces the borderlands of race and family, contested territory that gives rise to rage, confusion, madness, and invisibility. This astonishingly original voice surges with energy and purpose.

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