"In this work we find the real to be as terrifying as we suspected it would be, and the spiritual to be as sublime as we never dared to hope it would be. This is the book we need right now, and the writer whose vision for whom we’ve been waiting."
- Laura Kasischke, National Book Critics Circle Award Winner and author of nine novels, including The Life Before Her Eyes
“White Girl is a memoir that matters. Clara Silverstein offers a fresh perspective on desegregation and gives voice to a group that is all too often forgotten. Her writing is crisp, unsentimental, and vivid. She brings to life an era of social change and does so with an honesty that is admirable and worthy of discussion. At once educational and inspiring, this book should be at the top of the list for serious-minded book clubs. And every civics class in the country needs to be aware of Silverstein’s journey.” —Michael Morris, author of Slow Way Home and Man in the Blue Moon
“Courageous and true, Silverstein’s White Girl opened my eyes to the ‘other’ side of desegregation in the American South—being a white student in a predominately black school. Her personal details were poignant and powerful, presenting the very real voice of a lonely adolescent caught in a time of harsh social change and prejudice.”
—Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of Beach House Memories
"This wonderful memoir inverts our understanding of desegregation, reminding us that the white students on the bus were just as heroic as their black counterparts. The story is at once a vivid description of a controversial social experiment, an intimate chronicle of a girl's turbulent journey through adolescence, and a loving tribute to a visionary father who died too young."