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Zami, a New Spelling of My Name Summary
Audre Lorde

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Zami, a New Spelling of My Name Summary

Plot Summary

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name tells the story of Audre Lorde's passage from childhood to young adulthood. It covers many themes but focuses primarily on the close bounds she develops with women throughout her life, first with her mother and then with various lovers throughout the book. Audre grows up as a black woman and a lesbian, and in American society in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, this was a triple-threat. Her race, gender and sexuality were all rejected by her society at large; thus, much of the book functions with Audre living in a society that either ignores or rejects her and her telling tales of secret lesbian love.

The story begins with Lorde's childhood in Harlem. She is a child of black parents from the West Indies. She grows up in Catholic School but faces racism as a child, along with the handicap of...

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