The House You Pass on the Way
When thirteen-year-old Staggerlee, the daughter of a racially mixed marriage, spends a summer with her cousin Trout, she begins to question her sexuality to Trout and catches a glimpse of her possible future self. Thirteen-year-old Staggerlee used to be called Evangeline, but she took on a fiercer name. She's always been different--set apart by the tragic deaths of her grandparents in an anti-civil rights bombing, by her parents' interracial marriage, and by her family's retreat from the world. This summer she has a new reason to feel set apart--her confused longing for her friend Hazel. When cousin Trout comes to stay, she gives Staggerlee a first glimpse of her possible future selves and the world beyond childhood.
LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Racial Diversity; Biracial; Interracial; Homosexuality; lesbian child; mixed race; interracial marriage
African American / White
mother and father
Lambda Literary Award, 1997
cousins; coming of age; identity
Woodson, Jacqueline, "The House You Pass on the Way" (1997). DIVerse Families. 330.