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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.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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