I read a book last week. It was not a hard book to read, but the story is harsh and raw. There were moments when I had to put my Kindle down and take a breath.
This book deserves a review. This book deserves to be read.
Written by Florencia LaChance, Mulatto: Daughter of America is a memoir – a coming of age tale set in the golden age of America (the late 70s and early 80s).
The economy might have been good, but home life for Florencia was not. The tale of her struggle to grow up as a black girl in a white family is heart-wrenching. I cried for the little girl she was, and I do not cry easily.
LaChance does not beat around the bush with her writing. Her style is clear and to the point. I would say that you always know what’s going on in her mind, but she writes at once with glaring accuracy and then with casual restraint. She is both raw and open and aloof and untouchable.
Sometimes the prose trips up. But the mistakes are subtle, and they do not hinder the reader’s understanding of the story. While I do feel that this book could use a good edit, I also understand the need to self publish.
I don’t regret reading this book, and neither will you. Florencia LaChance has made her difficult story into art.
Note: I’m not getting any kickbacks or proceeds of any kind by reviewing or promoting this book. I just thought it was a really good read.