Book jacket image for Light Skin Gone to Waste by Toni Ann Johnson

University of Georgia

9780820363066

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Light Skin Gone to Waste

Toni Ann Johnson’s deft handling of generational trauma, colorism and class makes Light Skin Gone to Waste an engrossing, even groundbreaking read.

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Review of ‘Light Skin Gone to Waste’

Light Skin Gone to Waste, Toni Ann Johnson’s sharply observed linked story collection, follows the lives of psychologist Phil Arrington, his second wife, Velma, and their young daughter, Maddie, as they move from the Bronx to suburban Monroe, New York, in the early 1960s. Educated, sophisticated and striving for something different, the…

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