Describe the early childhood of Anatole Broyard and his family history. Where was Broyard born? When did his family move to Brooklyn and why? How did Anatole feel about Greenwich Village?
Describe and discuss the setting of the memoir. What was the atmosphere in Greenwich Village like in 1946? How did Anatole feel arriving home from the war?
How had Anatole's experiences in the military changed him? In what ways did Anatole "hide" his African American heritage? Why?
Describe the artist Sheri Donatti and her relationship with Anatole Broyard. How old was Sheri when they met? How did Anatole describe her appearance and personality?
What is the meaning of the title of the book? What was Broyard's association with Franz Kafka?
Discuss the introduction of the G.I. Bill and the New School of Social Research. What was the school known for in the 1940s?
Describe Anatole's feelings about...
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