The Fall of Rome

The Fall of Rome

A Novel

Book - 2003
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In this bracingly honest look at race, class and self-acceptance' (Essence), a bright, personable young black student from an inner-city New York neighbourhood discovers what it's like to be 'the only chip in the cookie' at an exclusive New England prep school. '[Her] ability to explore the social and emotional elements that unite and divide us establishes her as a serious talent' - Publishers Weekly '[A] quietly accomplished novel about race, identity and holding fast to one's integrity' - O, The Oprah Magazine'
Publisher: New York : Scribner Paperback Fiction, 2003.
Edition: 1st Scribner Paperback Fiction ed.
ISBN: 9780743227216
Branch Call Number: 813.54
Characteristics: 219 p. ; 21 cm.


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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 30, 2014

In this compelling novel of race, class and integrity, three characters confront the inevitable tensions that arise from living at the margins of the elite. As they get to know each other, the lone African-American classics teacher at the exclusive Chelsea School, the White middle-class divorced woman teacher and new student African-American Rashid begin their journey towards an inevitable and tragic confrontation that changes their lives forever.

voisjoe1 Apr 23, 2014

This novel explores token minority enrollment and token minority teacher hiring in a basically white boys prep school in a Northeastern state. Written during America’s diversity efforts, it is now especially relevant in the fact that the conservative US Supreme Court has suggested that there is no longer any need to alleviate 400 years of racist exploitation of the non-white population in education. Diversity is seen as viewed by the only Black faculty member, by one of the token Black students and by one of the few female instructors.


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