2019 FRENCH VOICES AWARD GRAND PRIZE IN NON FICTION
Trop noire pour être Française by Isabelle Boni-Claverie Tr. by Joshua Jordan,
(Tallandier, 2017 / Seeking an American publisher – please contact Dominique Missika and Joshua Jordan for further information)
Isabelle Boni-Claverie offers an American readership rare insights into the differences and similarities of racial dynamics in her own country and the US. At once a sociological portrait of France, a multiracial family album, and a transatlantic bildungsroman, Too Black to Be French will undoubtedly appeal to readers eager for a passionate fresh voice devoted to better understanding today’s world, and how race and class both are inescapable realities in contemporary societies.
Isabelle Boni-Claverie sensitively leads us to ponder our relationship with alterity. At once funny, moving and uncompromising Bonie Claverie’s book ends on a happy notes as it engages us to bet on real equality.—senscritique.com