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UnCommon Bonds

Women Reflect on Race and Friendship


Edited By Kersha Smith and Marcella Runell Hall

UnCommon Bonds is a collection of essays written by women representing multiple identities; all uniquely addressing the impactful experiences of race, ethnicity, and friendship in the context of the United States. The essays unapologetically explore the challenges of developing and maintaining cross-racial friendships between women. A primary goal of this book is to resist simplifying cross-racial friendships. Instinctively, the editors believe that there is a unique joy and pain in these relationships that is rarely easy to summarize. The essays reflect narratives that challenge assumptions, disclose deep interpersonal struggles, and celebrate the complex sisterhood between women across racial lines.

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Names: Smith, Kersha, editor. | Hall, Marcella Runell, editor. Title: Uncommon bonds: women reflect on race and friendship / edited by Kersha Smith and Marcella Runell Hall. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2018. Series: Counterpoints: studies in criticality; v. 372 | ISSN 1058-1634 Includes bibliographical references. Identifiers: LCCN 2017047409 | ISBN 978-1-4331-4877-4 (hardback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-4874-3 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4331-4878-1 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-4879-8 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-4880-4 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Female friendship. | Interracial friendship. Race relations. | African American women. | Women. Classification: LCC BF575.F66 .U53 2017 | DDC 305.4—dc23 LC record available at DOI 10.3726/b11731

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