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Symptomatic by Danzy Senna
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Jan 04, 2015

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery, race, noir
Read in October, 2007

Nameless mixed-race narrator is befriended by and then stalked by another mixed-race woman who sees this as an essential kinship.

"She opened the door, but paused, and turned to smile at me through a web of rain. 'You know, you're never really alone. Not really.'

"I looked down and kicked the pavement. I hadn't known I was that obvious."

New York as winter incarnate; a place of exile. Undercover sister. Race as obsession and trap. Racial identity placed at the center of noir thriller conventions. Class issues.

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