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Publisher's Summary

Danzy Senna's Symptomatic is now available for the first time in audio! 

A young woman moves to New York City for what promises to be a dream job. Displaced, she feels unsure of her fit in the world. Then comes a look of recognition, a gesture of friendship from an older woman named Greta who shares the same difficult-to-place color of skin. On common ground, a tenuous alliance grows between two women in racial limbo. So too, does the older woman's unnerving obsession, leading to a collision of two lives spiraling out of control. 

A beautifully written novel, at once suspenseful, erotic, and tantalizingly clever, Symptomatic is a groundbreaking contribution to the literature of racial identity.  

©2005 Danzy Senna (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"A hypnotic psychological thriller." (Essence)

"Thoughtful and exciting. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)

"Suspenseful, and the anguish her vividly realized mixed-race characters feel when confronted with hostility from both ends of the racial spectrum is, sadly, all too authentic." (Booklist)

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Didn't make much sense

Somebody compared this story to Passing, which is right on point. But in this story, I didn't get a real sense of any of the characters and, other than chalking it up to mental illness, Greta's behavior just didn't make much sense to me. Great performance, though!