Monday, January 30, 2017

**Review** In Black and White by Catherine Lavender

Date Published: June 7, 2016
Publisher: Chamomile Books LLC

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.

Micah finds herself in a strange spot. Knowing her is a product of an interracial relationship even though she was raised by her black parents and never knowing her biological comes as a shock that she inherits his estate. On top of this, her mother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer. The story here is uniquely different in the sense that it not only tells Micah's story to her birth, but shares the romance of her mother that led to Micah. The characterizations are well written and captivating. However, this story also takes you to a time where interracial relationships and the pigment of your skin was not so welcoming. This facet of the story hurts your heart for two of the characters in the book that can't stay together because of their skin color and cannot show their love for one another because of their skin color. I found myself torn at times, irritated, and upset at times during this story. But it is also a good reminder of where this country was at one point and a reminder as to why we are no longer there and do not want to go back to that. Lastly, I thought it was very cool how the author used Micah's father's novel to help her understand her parents relationship. This is a lovely read for most everyone to read.

I received an ARC for an honest review.

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