“An impoverished Danish immigrant commits suicide, taking her young children along, but the girl survives and goes to live with her absent black father's family - the first time she realizes that she is considered a black person. Yet she is also "Mor's" girl and she has her blue eyes. Her struggle with identity and with her past is told in thoughtful, honest, often lyrically poignant writing. Sometimes I paused to bask in the words: "The way Grandma paints her dream for me there's a low sky."
Each short chapter is told from one of six main character viewpoints, and the jumping in perspective as well as in time was confusing and disjointed. After a few chapters, though, this grew on me and I appreciated getting to know these characters and their stories in a way I could never have if told from only one perspective - clever way to do backstory, too, but few authors could get away with it. There is mild sex, an odd coincidence, and an open ending.”
Linda Austin wrote this review Wednesday, October 24, 2012.