BLACK & WHITE
ISBN# (10) 1400032121/ (13) 978-1400032129
June 10, 2008
Anchor Books / The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17-2 New York, NY 10019
$13.95 US/ $15.95 CAN
Rating: 4 Cups
Clara Brodeur has been estranged from her family for many years. Her mother is the famous photographer, Ruth Dunne. Clara has not seen her mother since she left home at the age of eighteen. She has since made a life for herself away from New York City. Away from eyes that haunt her every move, wondering why she looks so familiar and where they might have seen her.
Ruth Dunne was a struggling artist with two children under the age of six and a loving husband. Yet trying to break out with her photographs, she needed something with more pizzazz. She uses Clara as her test subject and her pictures become a hit, only some people claim they border on pornography and are not art. Soon after all that success, Ruth's life begins to fall apart at the seams.
Ruth is now very ill and on her deathbed, when Clara's sister convinces her against her better judgment to come see her mother before she dies. Can she forgive her mother for what she has done? Clara has no intention of telling her daughter about her past, but must she now? There are many scars and many wounds not yet healed; can forgiveness win over all and heal hearts?
What an emotional read Black & White is. It is almost hard not to feel sorry for both mother and daughter. Very intense writing is what Ms. Shapiro delivers with this look at a family with dysfunction at the forefront, riding the fine lines of what society and the art world deems as right or wrong. This is one for the bookshelf and one read you will not want to miss out on.
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