Saturday, April 07, 2012

Black and Abroad: Traveling Beyond the Limitations of Identity

Relationships are not all about romance, but more about caring and sharing the best and worst of times with others.
It is good to be sensitive, but to be positive is better

~ Orikinla Osinachi, Nigerian writer.

After accepting her Dutch boyfriend's invitation to move from sultry New Orleans, Carolyn finds herself in the land of windmills, wooden shoes and endless gray skies. As she moves away from the remnants of her tragic childhood and America's obsession with race, she is plunged into the depths of homesickness, depression and a declaration of war on her own hair. She travels through motherhood and a career change, and her determination is put to the test. On the way to self-discovery, she ends up finding love, soul sisters and the secret to avoiding bad hair days. In this mid-life memoir, Carolyn writes candidly about how getting engaged in Paris, losing her passport in Cuba and dealing with Dutch people on their bikes (among other quirky adventures) have changed her ideas about being a black woman in the world.

Carolyn Vines, author.

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