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Publisher: Toronto: HarperCollins / Harper Collins / Harper Flamingo /...
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10:0002000202
ISBN - 13:9780002000208
Book. Signed by Author(s) -----------hardcover, a Near Fine copy in a Very Good+ dustjacket with a short tear at upper and lower rear flap fold, signed by Hill without inscription, ---"Lawrence Hill' s remarkable novel, Any Known Blood, a multi-generational story about a Canadian man of mixed race, was met with critical acclaim and it marked the emergence of a powerful new voice in Canadian writing. Now Hill, himself a child of a black father and white mother, brings us Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada, a provocative and unprecedented look at a timely and engrossing topic. In Black Berry, Sweet Juice, Hill movingly reveals his struggle to understand his own personal and racial identity. Raised by human rights activist parents in a predominantly white Ontario suburb, he is imbued with lingering memories and offers a unique perspective. In a satirical yet serious tone, Hill describes the ambiguity involved in searching for his identity--an especially complex and difficult journey in a country that prefers to see him as neither black nor white. Interspersed with slices of his personal experiences, fascinating family history and the experiences of thirty-six other Canadians of mixed race interviewed for this book, Black Berry, Sweet Juice also examines contemporary racial issues in Canadian society. Hill explores the terms used to describe children of mixed race, the unrelenting hostility towards mix-race couples and the real meaning of the black Canadian experience. It arrives at a critical time when, in the highly publicized and controversial case of Elijah Van de Perre, the son of a white mother and black father in British Columbia, the Supreme Court of Canada has just granted custody to Elijah' s mother, Kimberly Van de Perre. A reflective, sensitive and often humourous book, Black Berry, Sweet Juice is a thought provoking discourse on the current status of race relations in Canada and it' s a fascinating and important read for us all."---, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo.
From the Publisher
In 1997, Lawrence Hill wrote a masterful novel detailing the multi-generational story of a Canadian man, the product of a black father and white mother. Any Known Blood was a critical and commercial success, receiving terrific reviews and making national bestseller lists. Now Hill, who is also the child of a mixed-race marriage between two prominent human rights activists, takes his intimate knowledge, insightful understanding and a voice powered by candor and dry wit, to the pages of Black Berry, Sweet Juice, the first book to look at what it's like to be both black and white in Canada today.
This is his story of growing up in the sixties in Don Mills, at the time a whiter-than-white Toronto suburb. It's the fascinating history of Hills parents' background, how a white woman from South Dakota married a black American, both eventually moving to Ontario. It's the evolving exploration of a man in search of his identity -- as a boy, as neither black nor white. It is also a provocative social analysis that examines contemporary Canadian racial issues through history, current cases and a series of interviews with people of mixed race: Is Canada, from a mixed race perspective, really the True North, Strong and Free? Why is there still hostility towards romantic relationships between black and white people in Canada? And why is it many Canadians know more about blacks in America than in our own country?
Hill isn't afraid to tackle the big issues, his often irreverent humor deftly exploding more than a few stereotyped notions. A book that is keenly and sharply reflective, Black Berry, Sweet Juice presents a tellin picture of the true nature of Canadian color.