Secret Daughter: Book summary and reviews of Secret Daughter by June Cross

Secret Daughter

A Mixed-Race Daughter and the Mother Who Gave Her Away

by June Cross

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Secret Daughter by June Cross
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  • Published in USA  May 2006
    320 pages
    Genre: Biography/Memoir

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Secret Daughter is a deftly drawn and moving portrait of a childhood spent in two very different worlds: one white, one black. In 1957, when June Cross was four years old, she was sent by her white mother to live with a black family in Atlantic City. Within her adopted family, June struggled with her identity as the black radicalism of the times collided head on with her family's more traditional ideals. Summer vacations were spent with her mother, now in Hollywood. For many years, Norma told friends and reporters that June was adopted. Secret Daughter traces this thorny story with poignancy and skill.

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"Unfortunately, the bits and pieces fail to cohere, and her narrative often falls flat in what is otherwise an intriguing story." - PW.

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This book grew out of a documentary made by Cross, which won an Emmy Award.

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