BOY, SNOW, BIRD.
Edition: First printing.
New York: Riverhead Books, 2014. dj. Hardcover first edition - The fifth novel by this award-winning writer, who was named one of Grantas Best Young British Novelists in 2013. In the winter of 1953, "after escaping the cruel wrath of her abusive father, Boy Novak finds comfort in a small Massachusetts suburb and a widower named Arturo, whom she later marries. Boy is quite taken with Arturo's daughter Snow, but it's the daughter she has with Arturo that complicates their quiet lives - Bird's birth reveals that Arturo is a light-skinned African-American passing for white. . . The perception of Arturo's race is threatened by Bird. But it's the psychological conflicts that are the most devastating. Arturo was raised with "the idea that there was no need to ever say, that if you knew who you were then that was enough, that not saying was not the same as lying." Is passing dishonest if it isn't an active decision?" 308 pp. ISBN: 978-1594631399.
Condition: Near fine in a fine dust jacket (embossed seal of previous owner).