The blue flame

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Kurt Jose Ayau (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Fred Chappell

Abstract: The Blue Flame is a coming-of-age novel about a thirteen-year-old Cape-Verdean American boy named Rory Chenin the summer of 1971. At the beginning of the novel, Rory is living with his stepfather, Frank Chen, a Chinese-Hawaiian-American restaurant owner and retired Air Force cook, in the small, Central California town of Ferris. Rory's mother, a former nightclub dancer, has deserted them eight years earlier. Rory is not fully aware of his racial background; rather than telling him that he is Cape Verdean, (African and Portuguese), his father has simply said that he is Portuguese. People in Ferris think that the boy is half Portuguese and half Chinese-Hawaiian, hence his golden brown complexion. Rory is aware of his difference from others and anxious about how this difference will affect him in high school. Townspeople and classmates occasionally harass him and his father. His father’s response is to be passive and endure. Fighting back against overwhelming odds is not an option.

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Language: English
Date: 1996
Racially mixed people $v Fiction

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