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Did You Hear about Kitty Karr?: A Novel

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In the process, Elise discovers something about Kitty that she did not know and in so doing, discovers something about herself, as well.

She starts to break after she has her too dark skinned baby who she allows her midwife to adopt so she isn’t outed by her husband.John—three black sisters who have been famous since birth thanks to the accomplishments of their actress mother and musician father—the inheritance opens up a barrage of questions from the press and public. The historical fiction portions, which followed Kitty in her childhood, her move to California, and her eventual rise to stardom, were completely captivating. I love to read and review various genres with a focus on contemporary fiction, historical fiction with some mysteries/thrillers and also select nonfiction and memoirs. Out of the 2 timelines, I found the past one a lot more interesting - the characters in the present timeline were not as engaging but it was still a great story overall. The fog was low and thick, so she removed her heels before descending to the third tier of yard and through the vegetable garden that hid her father’s studio.

Kitty Karr Tate epitomizes the American Dream—a success fueled by bold ambition, ingenuity, and a healthy dose of breathtaking beauty. The "Present": This book is set in 2017, which is mostly due to the racial undertones of the book and that time in the US and has dual timelines between the past and "present" (2017) until we come upon the current conflict. Tom’s mouth moved as if he was about to say caliente, but instead, he merely extended his hands to open dialogue. But what she discovers in one of Kitty’s journals rocks her world harder than any other brewing scandal could―and between a cheating fiancé and the fallout from a controversial social media post, there are plenty. Crystal Smith Paul attended Spelman College and UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television and received her master’s in journalism from NYU.As important and powerful as the subject matter of this book is, the storyteller left a lot to be desired. I don’t want to spoil anything, but it becomes clear pretty quickly (I think, at least) how they are connected to Kitty. Let me start off by saying that themes of race, passing, Jim Crow laws/era and being black in America, whether it's now or in the past are all very relevant topics and a part of history. He would continue sleeping on the floor of a friend’s apartment for another year, but it was the first time he realized he could—even as a Black man—make money doing what he loved. There were multiple times I read a sentence and had to think to myself, what was the point of that information.

I loved this Multi-generation story about a young, beautiful African American who is so light skinned she passed for white. BookBrowse seeks out and recommends the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction—books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. I think while of course, there are things that happen to Kitty, she makes the choice to go along with it too. There’s a ton of characters in the Elise storyline right at the beginning and it was a little hard to keep track of.

This is an incredibly thought-provoking debut - it made me feel very conflicted between all the characters and interested in learning more about the issues in the book. Plus Elise's epiphany and desire to good by the end of this felt superficial at best and egotistical at worse with her exposition dump of newly acquired social justice knowledge felt rushed and forced. First things first,” Rebecca said, as they drove through the security gates of Looking Glass Studios. The theme of passing is just as relevant as it was in the past, and people’s identities, backgrounds, and hardships are still just as valid and will never be overdone or tropey when the underlying causes, such as racism, permeate every facet of society and every Black American family tree.

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