Love in Black and White: The Triumph of Love Over Prejudice and Taboo

Mark Mathabane, Author, Gail Mathabane, With HarperCollins Publishers $20 (274p) ISBN 978-0-06-016495-9
In a stirring interracial love story, black author Mark Mathabane ( Kaffir Boy ), born in a South African ghetto, and his white American wife, Gail, recall in alternating chapters their meeting as journalism students; stormy courtship and marriage, initially opposed by their families; and decision to have children. They attribute the success of their relationship to ``mutual trust and respect for each other's individuality.'' Gail describes feeling overwhelmed by the unreserved, at times invasive love of her husband's family; Mark asserts that a subtle kind of American racism can be more insidious than South Africa's brutal apartheid, and notes that on his book tours blacks--especially women--react angrily to his having a white wife. Many mixed couples both in the U.S. and in South Africa, the authors find, keep their relationship secret for fear of alienating both communities. Author tour. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 02/03/1992
Release date: 02/01/1992
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