Genre fiction lover: Romance, Sci Fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Urban Fantasy
Book that tackles a tricky subject
Both of these book has as it's underlying plot a person who is black passing as white and what, if any effects it has on the people around them once the secret is exposed.
One - The Human Stain - Philip Roth - is about a professor who is accused of using a racial slur against African-American students. The book explorers the issue on a more political scale, using such issues as political correctness, feminism, and self-determination. These are all played out in the atmosphere of elite and often acidic academic politics.
The other - Family Tree - Barbara Delinsky - is about a white couple who have just had a new baby. But over the course of a few weeks the baby's skin darkens up and it is obvious he isn't white-white. This book explores the issue on a more personal scale. Accusations of adultery, neighbors whispering, fand amily outrage. The wife, who had never known her biological father, sets out on a path of discovery. While the husband is forced to struggle with his own ideas of identity. Can he accept a child that doesn't "look" like him. And why does that even matter?