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"On The Outskirts of Normal"
Review | ‘On the Outskirts of Normal,’ a white woman’s tender memoir about adopting her black daughter
By ANDREA HOAG
Special to The Star
“This is your little girl … are you sure?”
“That’s your daughter?”
Debra Monroe is accustomed to the questions.
After all, any white woman who adopts an African-American infant may expect to encounter a few raised eyebrows here and there.
As the talented memoirist explains in her riveting new book, “On the Outskirts of Normal,” the love Monroe shares with her 11-year-old daughter, Marie, triumphs over any of the racial complexities the two have experienced in their precious time together.
Not that it has been moonlight and magnolias. Far from it.