When I Was White: A Memoir

When I Was White: A Memoir

The stunning and provocative coming-of-age memoir about Sarah Valentine's childhood as a white girl in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, and her discovery that her father was a black man. At the age of 27, Sarah Valentine discovered that she was not, in fact, the white girl she had always believed herself to be. She learned the truth of her paternity: that her father was a black...

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  • HollyLovesBooks
    This memoir is fascinating to me. I have not experienced this myself but certainly have friends with biracial children or who are biracial themselves and have seen how that has affected them. I've always been interested in the questions surrounding why race is even an issue in the world, children do...
  • Donna Davis
    Sarah Valentine was raised to believe that she was white, and that her dark complexion is the product of her Greek ancestors. But whereas she does have Greek ancestry in her DNA, Sarah is also of African descent. This strange but compelling, searingly honest memoir came to me courtesy of Net Galley ...
  • Michelle
    Review can also be found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress.........This novel was a compelling story that was interesting to read about the experiences of young Sarah Valentine as she grew into a woman and discovered her identity. Through all the trials and tribulations, and in ...
  • Kate
    I appreciated hearing about Valentine's experiences. This is a very engaging read....
  • Melanie
    “When I Was White” is a memoir of a young woman growing up questioning herself, her identity, her family, and her personal experiences related to racialambiguity. I always commend authors for telling and sharing their own personal stories, though it may be emotional and hard for them to do...
  • Taryn
    What a frustrating book. Right off the bat, you should know Valentine doesn't meet or even conclusively identify her biological father. I know life doesn't always wrap up neatly the way fiction does, but to write this memoir without any kind of closure on the question of her biological father's iden...
  • Jakki
    The writing and editing didn’t really bother me. I’m not that smart. It’s just a mediocre book at best. What everyone seems to be dancing around in their reviews is how the hell didn’t you know you were black!?!? When I realized she was 27!!! before she accepted, knew, realized t...
  • Tara
    I did not enjoy this book. A lot of the material the author included did nothing to further the story (an entire chapter on angsty, pseudo-philosophical rankings with a friend in a diner?), and there were multiple disjointed transitions. Additionally, the fact that the author continued to harangue h...

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