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Off-white

Roemer, Astrid (author.). Scott, Lucy (Translator), (translator.). McKay, David, 1973- (translator.).

Summary: "A sweeping family saga chronicling the inner lives of the women of the Vanta family as they tend to Grandma Bee's declining health, exposing the complexities and tensions of young and old, past and present, homeland and homeland, white and off-white."--

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  • ISBN: 9781949641264
  • ISBN: 1949641252 (paperback)
  • ISBN: 9781949641257 (paperback)
  • Physical Description: 366 pages ; 21 cm
    print
  • Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Two Lines Press, [2024].
Subject: Siblings Fiction
Grandparent and child Fiction
Genre: Domestic fiction.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Kenton County.

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Erlanger Branch ROEME A (Text) 33126025429782 New Adult Fiction Available -

  • Baker & Taylor
    "A sweeping family saga chronicling the inner lives of the women of the Vanta family as they tend to Grandma Bee's declining health, exposing the complexities and tensions of young and old, past and present, homeland and homeland, white and off-white"--
  • Perseus Publishing

    A stunning, expansive chronicle of Suriname from Astrid Roemer, whose On a Woman's Madness was a finalist for the 2023 National Book Award. Evoking Toni Morrison and Edward P. Jones, Off-White, in translation from Dutch by Lucy Jones and David McKay, continues Astrid Roemer's long overdue introduction to English-language readers.

  • Perseus Publishing
    It’s 1966 in Suriname, on the Caribbean coast of South America, and the long shadow of colonialism still hangs over the country. Grandma Bee is the proud, cigar-smoking matriarch of the Vanta family, which is an intricate mix of Creole, Maroon, French, Indian, Indigenous, British, and Jewish backgrounds. But Grandma Bee is dying, a cough has settled deep in her lungs. 

    The approaching end has her thinking about the members of her family she’s lost, and especially one of her favorite granddaughters, Heli, who has been sent away to the Netherlands because of an affair with her white teacher. Ultimately, there’s only one question Bee must answer: What is a family? If her descendants are spread across the world, don’t look similar, don’t share a heritage, and don’t even know each other, what bond will they have once she has died?

    A moving portrait of a woman finding peace in the legacy that is her daughters and granddaughters, 
    Off-White, keenly translated by Lucy Scott and David McKay, is also a searing and complex portrait of male violence, the legacy of colonialism, and a dismantling of what it means to be “white”. Written after a nearly 20-year break from publishing, Off-White is another masterpiece from the only Surinamese author to win the prestigious Dutch Literature Award.


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