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Comedy, American Style

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Comedy: American Style (1933), Fauset's fourth and last published novel, is the tragic story of how color prejudice and racial self-hatred result in the destruction of a family. The work is filled with vivid characters: Olivia Cary, whose mania in passing for white poisons her relationships with those closest to her; her daughter, Teresa, compelled by her mother to make ...more
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Published December 1st 1995 by G. K. Hall & Company (first published November 30th 1932)
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stacia
Mar 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
i love jessie fauset. this is her last published novel and it's her darkest. in that way, it's interesting and incendiary and i definitely like it better than the chinaberry tree and there is confusion, but i'm not quite sure whether it's better than plum bum. i will say that it seems all of her books have the same archetypes.
Elizabeth
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Dark bitter exploration of the costs of passing, of not being able to pass, of mothering, and of marrying a Frenchman.
Zach Herman
Remarkable in its ability to subtly convey the immense psychological toll of racism on its victims. What is suggested indirectly in "The Blacker The Berry" is made apparent here, to harrowing effect.
Aurora Deshauteurs
It was the least favorite of her books but it had a n interesting story.
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Jun 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Read this on Michael's recommendation, and I'm really glad I did. I wasn't crazy about the writing style, but I totally empathized with the characters and--in most cases--their tragedies.
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Jessie Redmon Fauset was an American editor, poet, essayist and novelist.

Fauset was born in Fredericksville, an all-black hamlet in Camden County, New Jersey, also known as Free Haven (now incorporated into the borough of Lawnside, New Jersey). She was the daughter of Anna "Annie" Seamon and Redmon Fauset, a Presbyterian minister. Her mother died when she was still a young girl. Her father
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