A complex supernatural thriller describing the devastating effect that a Negro wayward gene has on a rich and powerful southern Caucasian American family: the Hoxworths. In this case, a mulatto boy, the offspring of a Hoxworth male and a young female slave whom he raped, is born two centuries prior and is the last surviving male heir. The prologue takes us back sixty years to the magnificent Hoxworth Castle near the city of New Orleans to witness the birth of a baby girl in the family’s palatial birthing room. As the baby’s skin starts to darken from pink to slightly tan, the Hoxworths must once again deny their mixed ancestry. And as so many times before, they must have their trusted family doctor, upon the order of the family matriarch, suffocate the child to keep their dark secret.
“Ms MacLean’s debut novel illuminates the difficulty of racial identity and the chaos it can create. The narrative deftly investigates racism beyond simple black and white figures. This astutely delicate dramatization of race relations dotted with ghosts, erotic scenes and rambling in New Orleans and abroad can be thrilling. The story provides a worthwhile glimpse at how startling the answers to questions of heredity can be." —Kirkus Reviews
MarieMadeleine MacLean was born in Africa and grew up in Switzerland, where she graduated with degrees in History and Art. In addition to French, she speaks English, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. Marie-Madeleine began a career in high fashion modeling in Paris at the age of seventeen. At age twenty-five, she married Michael MacLean, the son of the famed international novelist, Alistair MacLean. A few years later, Ms. MacLean opened an international interior design firm based in Geneva, Switzerland. Her works have been featured numerous times in international interior design magazines. Ms. MacLean eventually sold her business to devote herself exclusively to writing. She finished her first novel, Race.The Colour of Shame in the Fall of 2012. She is currently working on her second novel, Act of Intention, the first part of an international thriller trilogy. Ms MacLean currently lives in Beverly Hills, California and spends her time between California, Switzerland and the South of France.
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