Author: Catherine Lavendar
Title: In Black & White
Genre(s): Romance; Contemporary fiction; Women's fiction
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Review: This book was very touching and emotion evoking. Through the story of Micah learning about her biological father and the overwhelming gift he left her, Lavendar reminds us about the complexities of human relationships and how so many factors play into their success or failure. This book struck home as my own grandfather abandoned my mother and did not reach out to her until later in life. That kind of gesture can be both wonderful and devastating and I think that Micah's experience consisted of both feelings. This book also made me think of how I am living my life and the regrets I do not want to have when my time comes. Although I typically prefer books that take me to another time and place, I also like reading stories that make me think about my own life and how I can make it better. This book definitely makes you think! I really enjoyed the writing style of this novel. Although it was an emotional story, I felt that the words flowed really well making it easier to read.
Book Description: "Micah Winters always knew that she was different. It was the pigment of her skin and the texture of her hair that revealed that she was a woman from biracial parents. For five decades, Micah’s African American mother has remained silent about Micah’s estranged father (Sidney Irving). It is not until after Sidney Irving’s death that Micah learns that she is the daughter of the legendary novelist and screenwriter. Now with her mother’s memory fading away from Alzheimer’s disease, Micah can only rely on a novel that was written from her father years ago to understand her parents past during the time of segregation in the United States. Micah’s once simple life is not so simple anymore as she tries to make sense of an unfamiliar world as she inherits her father’s wealth and private past. With an abandoned heart, Micah must forgive the past in order to discover who she really is."