Black Girl / White Girl

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Black Girl / White Girl
First edition
Author Joyce Carol Oates
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Ecco
Publication date
2 October 2006
Media type Print (hardback)
Pages 288 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN 978-0-06-112564-5 (first edition, hardback)
OCLC 69734673
813/.54 22
LC Class PS3565.A8 B46 2006
Preceded by Missing Mom
Followed by The Gravedigger's Daughter

Black Girl / White Girl is a novel by Joyce Carol Oates first published in 2006. It takes the form of an untitled 300 page manuscript written in 1990 by Generva Meade, a white historian, who truthfully recounts the events which happened during her first year at a prestigious liberal college in 1974-75, and Meade's own paternal family history which uncomfortably spans the gap between a proud history of progressive thinking and subsequent revolutionary and violent ideas. The action on the stage is played by a Black conservative Christian who reluctantly attends the school on a scholarship and encounters racial discrimination there. Subsequent events and her own disintegrating mental health lead to a personal and institutional tragedy.