The difficulties of living up close and personal with diversity—of
sensibility, race, culture, class, or religion—is the subject of the
stories, memoirs, and poetry in this anthology.
In these works by thirty-five contemporary writers we learn what it
means to them to absorb the implications of being of mixed race, to be
raised by a parent who suffers from being on the wrong side of history,
to carry the burden of immigrant parents' self-sacrifice.
We learn what it means to fully live out choices to marry across
religion or culture, to hear our children chatter happily in a language
we can't speak, to feel our imagination try to find its way into a
world completely alien to us, still raw with the wounds of civil war.
We learn about the tensions—and love—that develop between siblings when
one is disabled; what it means to create relationships with children
after divorce, to make a space in our own heart for the children of
step-children. We learn
how completely parenthood shifts our priorities, whether we are lesbian
parents adopting children from Guatemala, a single mother expanding her
family of two with another child from China, a lesbian mother shifting
sexual orientation to create a stable family clan, a white poet
fostering a black child from an inner-city ghetto. 268 pp.