Taking her cues from events that occurred during her childhood and teenage years, in the late 1970s and the 1980s, the author deftly exposes her picture-perfect black middle-class life she recalls that the Basziles were sometimes likened to the Huxtables on The Cosby Show. But pain is pain, regardless of why or who's administering it; a fact that illuminates from many perspectives as Jennifer moves through her story.
Sharing our stories projects loud and clear the your pinch/my slap' point-of-views. And theres the story about Jennifer winning an innocent footrace: the next day her dad must make a trip to school, outfitted in his suit coat, to refute a classmates assertion that she won because black people have something in their feet to make them. In elegant prose, Baszile shares enlightening observations throughout: "Dad never complained about being a black man.