Notes on Her Color: A Novel
One of Electric Literature’s “Books by Women of Color to Read This Year” and one of Goodreads’ “A Buzziest Debut Novel of the Year”, this debut novel swirls Florida kitsch with magical realism. Notes on Her Color is a lushly written story about Gabrielle, a young Black and Indigenous woman who learns to change the color of her skin. Having inherited that ability from her mother, she is told by her mother to pass into white. But this vital mother-daughter bond implodes when her mother is hospitalized for a mental health crisis. Separated from her mother for the first time in her life, Gabrielle must learn to control the temperamental shifts in her color on her own. Following her journey to a world beyond her family’s carefully-coded existence, this haunting tale shows how love, in its best sense, can be a liberating force from destructive origins.
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