The Girl in the Middle: Growing Up Between Black and White, Rich and Poor

The Girl in the Middle: Growing Up Between Black and White, Rich and Poor

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In this poignant memoir, Degrassi star Anais Granofsky pulls back the curtain on her code-switching childhood - and offers an astute examination of race, class and, finally, forgiveness

When Anais Granofsky's parents meet in the early 1970s, they are foreign and fascinating to each other. Stanley is the son of a wealthy Toronto Jewish family; Jean is one of fifteen children from a poor Black Methodist family in Ohio. When Jean, twenty-two, becomes pregnant, Stanley, nineteen, doesn't anticipate the rift this will cause with his parents. Nor does the couple anticipate that Stanley, soon to rename himself Fakeer, will find his calling in the spiritual teaching of a guru in India.

The Girl in the Middle is the story of a child who spends her young life navigating between two very different worlds. While Anais and her mother teeter on the poverty line, sharing a mattress in a single room in social housing, her paternal grandparents live across town on a mansion-lined street. Weekends by the pool with her grandmother contrast with weekdays when she and her mother don't know where their next meal will come from, even after Fakeer's return. Anais soon realizes that if she wants to be loved, she must switch identities to pleas each of the adult women in her family.

With compassion and vivid storytelling, Anais Granofsky shares her experience of trying to find her way in opposing worlds and demonstrates how generational shame, grief and prejudice ultimately lead to love and forgiveness.

ISBN: 9781443458511

Published Date: April 12, 2022

Publisher: HarperCollins Publisher

Language: English

Page Count: 213

Size: 9.04" l x 6.10" w x 0.75" h