Symptomatic: A Novel

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Riverhead Books, 2004 - Fiction - 213 pages
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A novel of acute psychological tension and unsettling questions of identity-the much-anticipated follow-up to Senna's groundbreaking debut, Caucasia.

Danzy Senna's tantalizing new novel centers on a college graduate, recently moved to New York City for what promises to be a dream job-a prestigious fellowship writing for a respected magazine. Displaced, though, and unsure of how she fits into the world around her, she becomes the object of an older woman's attention: both women share the same difficult-to-place skin color. As the older woman's interest turns to obsession, the narrator must figure out what their relationship means to her-while both of their lives seem to be spiraling out of control.

Senna's Caucasiawas a highly acclaimed debut that went on to become a contemporary classic. In Symptomatic, she takes questions of identity a step further, in a beautifully written novel that is at once suspenseful, erotic, clever, and, as The New York Timeswrote of Caucasia, "deeply intelligent."

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Danzy Senna is the recipient of the 2002 Whiting Writers' Award. Her first novel, Caucasia, was a national bestseller and winner of the BOMC Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and of an Alex Award from the American Library Association. It was a Los Angeles TimesBest Book of the Year, one of Glamour's three best books of the year by a new writer, one of School Library Journal's best adult books of the year for young adults, and a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Senna currently holds the Jenks Chair of Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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