Welcome to Color Online's first group book read! For the inaugural read, Carleen Brice's Children of the Waters has been chosen for a five day long discussion. This is Brice's second novel and it explores the idea of identity mainly through mixed-race adoptee, Billie. Once her white half-sister discovers her existence and shares the startling news, Billie is faced with having to re-examine who she is. This novel is not subtle in its statements on race, but it is nuanced in dealing with the complexity of the protagonist processing being adopted and biracial.
Now, here are a few questions to get things started.
Which aspect of the discovery do you think was more profound for Billie, being adopted or being bi-racial and why?
Why do you think Zenobia and Herbert kept Billie's adoption a secret?
Juxtaposing how Billie and Will identify ethnically, how is the idea of race as a social construct proven or disproven?
2/8- new questions
For those of you who have multiracial children or you have family members with multiracial children how do parents help their children form their own sense of racial identity and how do you help them with different responses from others to them because they are multiracial?
What about Will? What did Carleen get right? What about Will didn't work for you?
Does have anything in common with Celicia? If yes, does she recognize it?
*Please remember to reference questions and/or commenter when responding.