Did You Hear about Kitty Karr?: A Novel

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Did You Hear about Kitty Karr?: A Novel

Did You Hear about Kitty Karr?: A Novel

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Propulsive and entertaining, with broad historical relevance and critical cultural significance, this is the uniquely American story we all need to read―it holds a piece of all of us. An ambitious novel, illuminating the complexities of racial identity, particularly what it means to be Black in Hollywood no matter the era. One of the major themes of the novel is passing, and it explores the many different reasons someone would choose to pass or not. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. Public conspiracy theories had exploded after news leaked that Kitty bequeathed her entire fortune—about six hundred million dollars—to Elise and her sisters, Giovanni and Noele.

Before we get to Kitty, we first follow the lives of Hazel and Mary, a Black mother and daughter pair living in North Carolina in the 1940s. Although this was a slow read for me, there are countless reasons this book was a pleasurable Delight to read. Days after Noele’s NYU graduation, Giovanni, the middle daughter, had moved to Toronto to film what became a hit AMC show. When white silver screen actress Kitty Karr Tate dies and unexpectedly leaves her multimillion-dollar estate to the Black St. Rebecca and her mother, Alison, ran one of the most respected celebrity publicity firms in the industry.Having said that, this storyline of black women trying to or having to pass as white has been way overdone in the past year or two. is reminiscent of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and The Vanishing Half, both of which I highly recommend. James was a producer who played fourteen instruments, wrote and arranged music, and had a vocal range from Maxwell to Barry White. They seemed quickly slapped together, which was evident in the lack of coherency and eloquence in the prose. Overall these chapters just dragged as again we're introduced to more unhappy, unmemorable characters.

This is a wonderfully told tale of what it means to be a light-skinned black and pass as being white. As important and powerful as the subject matter of this book is, the storyteller left a lot to be desired. Although I found the premise utterly intriguing and the writing to be bingeable, I struggled with the overall execution of this book, which left it feeling like a very average read with a lot to say but an inability to actually do so. I loved this Multi-generation story about a young, beautiful African American who is so light skinned she passed for white.

I feel like we didn't get enough about Elise, her mother, her father, or her sisters, or any of the people at the memorial. Underdeveloped and/or Boring Main Characters: Elise, the older sister and our main point of view, seemed miserable in her life yet also unwilling to do anything about it until Kitty's gift which made for a chore to read. Paul’s sprawling multigenerational debut hits the ground running with a peek at the complicated family life of an iconic, privacy-seeking clan of Hollywood stars: the St. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Ariel Blake, Kineta Kunutu and Lynnette Nicholas and they were great. In the process, Elise discovers something about Kitty that she did not know and in so doing, discovers something about herself, as well.

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