Come by Here

Come by Here

My Mother's Life

Book - 2002
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"With elegant simplicity and uncommon wisdom, Clarence Major gives us not just the truth of his mother?s life but the unspoken truth behind the lie of color in the American story. A compelling narrative."
?? Rilla Askew, author, Fire in Beula

"A brilliant rendering of a rich and eventful life. With creative insight, love, and admiration, Major shows us how in family life down through the generations, race really matters."
?? Andrew Billingsley, author, Climbing Jacob?s Ladder:
The Enduring Legacy of African American Familie

Critical acclaim for Clarence Majo

"Clarence Major has a remarkable mind and the talent to match."
?? Toni Morrison, Nobel Laureat

"One of America?s most gifted and versatile writers."
?? Library Journa

Baker & Taylor
Told through his mother's voice, a man recalls his light-skinned mother's struggle for existence, passing for white to earn a respectable living after leaving an abusive marriage.

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Lavish praise for come by here
""With elegant simplicity and uncommon wisdom, Clarence Major gives us not just the truth of his mother's life but the unspoken truth behind the lie of color in the American story. A compelling narrative.""
-- Rilla Askew, author, Fire in Beulah
""A brilliant rendering of a rich and eventful life. With creative insight, love, and admiration, Major shows us how in family life down through the generations, race really matters.""
-- Andrew Billingsley, author, Climbing Jacob's Ladder:
The Enduring Legacy of African American Families
Critical acclaim for Clarence Major
""Clarence Major has a remarkable mind and the talent to match.""
-- Toni Morrison, Nobel Laureate
""One of America's most gifted and versatile writers.""
-- Library Journal


Blackwell North Amer
Inez was born in 1918 - looking white without being white. A light-skinned daughter of the Deep South, she grew up determined not to let Jim Crow put limits on her happiness. So she embraced her contradictions and decided to make a different life for herself and her family.
Now, decades later, her son, critically acclaimed poet and novelist Clarence Major, tells her story. Starting with his own childhood awakening to the realization that his mother could pass for white, Major reaches back to paint a brilliant portrait of a woman on intimate terms with mysteries, secrets, and her own truth.
Escaping an abusive marriage, Inez would flee to Chicago, the city that became a symbol of her dilemmas as well as of her liberation. To survive, she had to leave her young children behind in the shadow of her past and under the color line. Passing as white, she would embark audaciously on a double life to earn a decent salary. To overcome every obstacle to her happiness, she would have to risk everything she loved and, finally, embrace herself.

Publisher: New York : J. Wiley : [publisher not identified], [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780471415183
0471415189
Branch Call Number: BIO Hull, I 2002
Characteristics: xiii, 270 pages : portraits ; 23 cm

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