Raceless: In Search of Family, Identity, and the Truth about Where I Belong (Compact Disc)

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Georgina Lawton is a woman of color who was raised by her white family in suburban England without any knowledge of why she wasn't white like them (in fact, they maintained she WAS white)--or why this meant her experience of the world was and is markedly different from theirs. Raceless is an emotionally open and thoughtful memoir that considers through personal experience, through literary exploration, and through compiled research the way in which race is constructed in our families and in our world--and the way in which family secrets can erode one's sense of self identity. Alongside the tale of her own journey, Lawton also has composed a loving, complex memorial to her late father, a man whose love and choices she must reckon with after his passing.

— Anna


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From The Guardian's Georgina Lawton, a moving examination of how racial identity is constructed--through the author's own journey grappling with secrets and stereotypes, having been raised by white parents with no explanation as to why she looked black.

Raised in sleepy English suburbia, Georgina Lawton was no stranger to homogeneity. Her parents were white; her friends were white; there was no reason for her to think she was any different. But over time her brown skin and dark, kinky hair frequently made her a target of prejudice. In Georgina's insistently color-blind household, with no acknowledgement of her difference or access to black culture, she lacked the coordinates to make sense of who she was.

It was only after her father's death that Georgina began to unravel the truth about her parentage--and the racial identity that she had been denied. She fled from England and the turmoil of her home-life to live in black communities around the globe--the US, the UK, Nicaragua, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Vietnam, and Morocco--and to explore her identity and what it meant to live in and navigate the world as a black woman. She spoke with psychologists, sociologists, experts in genetic testing, and other individuals whose experiences of racial identity have been fraught or questioned in the hopes of understanding how, exactly, we identify ourselves.

Raceless is an exploration of a fundamental question: what constitutes our sense of self? Drawing on her personal experiences and the stories of others, Lawton grapples with difficult questions about love, shame, grief, and prejudice, and reveals the nuanced and emotional journey of forming one's identity.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781799949473
ISBN-10: 1799949478
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: February 23rd, 2021
Language: English

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