Where Did You Sleep Last Night? A Personal History


When Danzy Senna’s parents married in 1968, they seemed poised to defy history: two beautiful American writers from wildly divergent backgrounds – a white woman with a blue-blood Bostonian lineage and a black man, the son of a single mother and an unknown father. When their marriage disintegrated eight years later, one family friend called it “the ugliest divorce in Boston’s history.” Decades later, Senna looks back not only at her parents’ divorce, but at the histories they tried so hard to overcome. In the tradition of James McBride’s The Color of Water, Where Did You Sleep Last Night? is a “stunningly rendered personal heritage that mirrors the complexities of race, class and ethnicity in the United States” (Booklist).