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<author of Caucasia (Putnam, 1998)>
First I would take Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man. One of the things that I worry about in the new millennium is that people will assume that we've somehow got distance on the past, and on what has happened in the twentieth century. This book is to remind us about the proximity of the past. We aren't in the future yet. We are still living in the present. And the present system continues to be crowded with invisible men and women, and I don't see it getting better. I would also bring my mother, Fanny Howe's, novel, which is still in print by Sun and Moon Press. It's called Deep North (1990), and it's an amazing story, dealing with race and gender, of a white woman crossing out of her world and passing as black in the sixties. For the third, it's a toss-up between three books that made me want to write. Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, because it's huge and great and it always reminds me of why stories can cross all sorts of cultural lines and temporal lines and continue to change us. Anything by Colette, because she's so sexy and she also was my inspiration--her life and her books and her passion for women. And James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room (Lauraleaf, 1985), a book about a white bisexual man living in Paris and struggling with his sexual identity. It's a beautiful book and a daring one. It touches on my obsession with passing; it's about sexual passing, really. Baldwin, like Colette, is an inspiration for his life as well as his writing. But in reality, I'll be dragging a refrigerator-sized box of books into the next century!

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