Black Berry, Sweet Juice

Paperback | December 9, 2002

byLawrence Hill

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Lawrence Hill’s remarkable novel, Any Known Blood, amulti-generational story about a Canadian man of mixed race, was met withcritical acclaim and it marked the emergence of a powerful new voice in Canadianwriting. Now Hill, himself a child of a black father and white mother, brings usBLACK BERRY, SWEET JUICE: On Being Black and White in Canada, aprovocative and unprecedented look at a timely and engrossing topic.

In BLACK BERRY, SWEET JUICE, Hill movingly reveals his struggleto understand his own personal and racial identity. Raised by human rightsactivist parents in a predominantly white Ontario suburb, he is imbued withlingering memories and offers a unique perspective. In a satirical yet serioustone, Hill describes the ambiguity involved in searching for his identity – anespecially complex and difficult journey in a country that prefers to see him asneither black nor white.

Interspersed with slices of his personal experiences, fascinating familyhistory and the experiences of thirty-six other Canadians of mixed raceinterviewed for this book, BLACK BERRY, SWEET JUICE also examinescontemporary racial issues in Canadian society. Hill explores the terms used todescribe children of mixed race, the unrelenting hostility towards mix-race couples and the real meaning of the black Canadianexperience. It arrives at a critical time when, in the highly publicized andcontroversial case of Elijah Van de Perre, the son of a white mother and blackfather in British Columbia, the Supreme Court of Canada has just granted custodyto Elijah’s mother, Kimberly Van de Perre.

A reflective, sensitive and often humourous book, BLACK BERRY, SWEET JUICEis a thought provoking discourse on the current status of race relations inCanada and it’s a fascinating and important read for us all.

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Lawrence Hill’s remarkable novel, Any Known Blood, amulti-generational story about a Canadian man of mixed race, was met withcritical acclaim and it marked the emergence of a powerful new voice in Canadianwriting. Now Hill, himself a child of a black father and white mother, brings usBLACK BERRY, SWEET JUICE: On Being Black and White i...

Lawrence Hill is the author of the novels Any Known Blood and Some Great Thing, and the non-fiction work Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada. He also co-authored, with Joshua Key, The Deserter's Tale: The Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq. He lives in Burlington, Ontario.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:December 9, 2002Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0006385087

ISBN - 13:9780006385080

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding book This is critical reading material for Canadians, especially those with both Black and White ancestry. I have grown up in the prairies as a mixed-race female, and the experiences that Lawrence Hill describes are so profoundly insightful and accurate. However in the prairies, I am limited in knowing others that can relate. This book validated my experiences. On a specific note: the prominence and normalization of the Question ('guess the ethnicity') is so utterly and painfully true. Worthwhile reading for Canadians.
Date published: 2016-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming While neither my wife nor I are black, our relationship is "mixed-race", so I was curious to see what Lawrence Hill experienced growing up in Toronto. This book exceeded my expectations - Lawrence is funny, heart-warming, and really makes you think. If you grew up somehow visibly different from most of your peers, you'll identify a lot with Lawrence's experiences in this book.
Date published: 2014-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-read for every Canadian This frank, honest, no-nonsense look at race-relations and personal growth is a fantastic look into a point-of-view unknown to me. As a white Canadian woman, it was facinating to read thoughts and perspectives from Hill, a black man born of a white woman and black man. Alot of what he said shook me up. For example, when he described the favourite pasttime of Canadians (Guess the Race), I was both in awe and ashamed, for I have found myself, on many occasions, partaking in the Question myself. It made me aware of my own close-mindedness, my own ignorance, when it came to people and Canadians who are not white like I am. it was a bucket of cold water, let me tell you, and one I sorely needed. A fantastic, readable, and insightful read. Truly underrated.
Date published: 2008-08-12