The White Family by Maggie Gee

The White Family

Maggie Gee

My first and final reactions were of anger, frustration and sadness at the racist attitudes of most of the characters. In between is a clever exploration of the personal and social influences which have affected their lives within our multicultural society. An uncomfortable and compelling read. Excellent for reading groups.

Extract

She walked down the ward. It was becoming familiar... She no longer peered anxiously across into the nurses' room which guarded the ward, asking for permission and reassurance. The black sister gave her a smile (were there two of them? Did she muddle them up?)

Parallels
  • Anita and Me by Meera Syal
  • No Bones by Anna Burns

Books with similar mood

Faithful Place

Tana French

A Ship Made of Paper

Scott Spencer

Haunted Ground

Erin Hart

Barracuda

Christos Tsiolkas

Small Island

Andrea Levy

The Girls

Emma Cline

Bitter-Sweet Harvest

Chan Ling Yap

Death on a Galician Shore

Domingo Villar

In the Full Light of the Sun

Clare Clark

Sweets from Morocco

Jo Verity

Daughters

Paule Marshall

The Seven Sisters

Margaret Drabble

Family Matters

Rohinton Mistry

This is Paradise

Will Eaves

The Cookbook Collector

Allegra Goodman

In the Falling Snow

Caryl Phillips

Black Water Rising

Attica Locke

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

Tiffany Baker

The Outcast

Sadie Jones

The Saving Graces

Patricia Gaffney

Ghost MacIndoe

Jonathan Buckley

The Map of Love

Ahdaf Soueif

Idioglossia

Eleanor Bailey

Dominicana

Angie Cruz

The Starboard Sea

Amber Dermont

Black Water

Louise Doughty

Rain

Barney Campbell

Skinjob

Bruce McCabe

Derby Day

D J Taylor

The White Woman on the Green Bicycle

Monique Roffey

Working for the Devil

Lilith Saintcrow

SuperJack

Adam Baron

The Colour

Rose Tremain

The Memory Stones

Kate O'Riordan

North

Roger Hubank

The Married Man

Edmund White

Valentine Grey

Sandi Toksvig

Pollard

Laura Beatty

Before I Forget

Andre Brink

Wegener's Jigsaw

Clare Dudman

The Great Fire

Shirley Hazzard

The Amateur Marriage

Anne Tyler

Ancient Promises

Jaishree Misra

Pieces of Light

Adam Thorpe

A Death in the Family

Karl Ove Knausgaard

The Terror of Living

Urban Waite

Child's Play

Kia Abdullah

The Return

Hakan Nesser

Personality

Andrew O'Hagan