Friday, July 15, 2011

book club friday!

it's that time again! today i'm reviewing....

this is a review from publisher's weekly found on

When Dana and Hugh Clarke's baby is born into their wealthy, white New England seaside community, the baby's unmistakably African-American features puzzle her thoroughly Anglo-looking parents. Hugh's family pedigree extends back to the Mayflower, and his historian father has made a career of tracing the esteemed Clarke family genealogy, which does not include African-Americans. Dana's mother died when Dana was a child, and Dana never knew her father: she matter-of-factly figures that baby Lizzie's features must hark back to her little-known past. Hugh, a lawyer who has always passionately defended his minority clients, finds his liberal beliefs don't run very deep and demands a paternity test to rule out the possibility of infidelity. By the time the Clarkes have uncovered the tangled roots of their family trees, more than one skeleton has been unearthed, and the couple's relationship-not to mention their family loyalty-has been severely tested. Delinsky (Looking for Peyton Place) smoothly challenges characters and readers alike to confront their hidden hypocrisies. Although the dialogue about race at times seems staged and rarely delves beyond a surface level, and although near-perfect Dana and her knitting circle are too idealized to be believable, Delinsky gets the political and personal dynamics right.

this was a really good book. i finished it in about 5 days because i could not put it down. loved it and would highly recommend it.

if you need any book recommendations, go check out heather's blog and see what people are reading.

have a great weekend!


  1. This sounds like it could be on Maury! Haha. I think I would enjoy reading it though.

    Thanks for linking up again!

  2. it was a little maury-ish, just not as trashy! i love linking up with ya'll. i'll definitely be back next week.