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The Professor's Daughter

A Novel

Emily Raboteau

Picador

A daughter's future and her father's past converge in this novel about identity, assimilation, and the legacy of race in America. When Emma Boudreaux's older brother, Bernie, winds up in a coma after a freak accident, it's as if she loses a part of herself. All their lives, he has served as her compass, her stronger, better half: Bernie was brilliant when Emma was smart, charismatic when she was awkward, and confident when she was shy. Only Bernie was able to navigate—if not always diplomatically—the terrain of their biracial identity. Now, as the chronic rash that's flared up throughout her life returns with a vengeance, Emma is sleepwalking through her first year at college, left alone to grow into herself.

The key to Emma's self-discovery lies in her father's past. Esteemed Princeton professor Bernard Boudreaux II is emotionally absent and secretive about his family history. Little does Emma know just how haunted that history is, how tortured the path has been from his Deep South roots to his present Ivy League success. But although her father and brother are bound by the past, Emma herself might just escape. The Professor's Daughter traces the borderlands of race and family, the contested territory that gives birth to rage, confusion, madness, and invisibility.

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Praise for The Professor's Daughter

"A first-rate job, a book that shows great subtlety and skill."--Robert Stone

"Raboteau paints Emma's world with grand, sweeping strokes. . . . Her timing is excellent, her humor is wry, her voice is on point, and her eye works with laser-like precision. Raboteau's sensitivity to life and to people is nothing short of astounding."--Francesca Wodtke, San Francisco Chronicle

"A bolt of energy . . . Fearless and . . . inventive, Raboteau is a writer to watch."--O magazine

"The world that Emily Raboteau has so wonderfully created here is at turns harsh, beautiful, strange, and always real. This work is unflinchingly intelligent."--Percival Everett, author of Erasure

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Emily Raboteau

  • Emily Raboteau is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award and a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and teaches creative writing at the City College of New York.
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A Novel

Emily Raboteau

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