One Day She'll Darken

One Day She'll Darken

The Mysterious Beginnings of Fauna Hodel

Book - 2019
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"The Black Dahlia Murder is near-legend in the annals of true crime. But behind the shocking case of a young actress's gruesome slaying lies the story of another woman. Was Fauna Hodel the child of incest, and the catalyst for a sensational trial that left her well-to-do family scarred by scandal, even as the accused sexual predator walked free? Taken as an infant from her teenage mother, Fauna was placed in the care of a working-class black woman, who raised the white child as her own. Together, as a close-knit mother and daughter, they weathered years of poverty and bigotry, alcoholism and sexual abuse, pregnancy and even death until the time came for Fauna to seek out her real mother, and uncover her lost past. But as Fauna will learn, some truths don't want to be told." --back cover.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, Calif.] : Graymalkin Media, 2019
Branch Call Number: 362.8298 H687o
Characteristics: xi, 320 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Briamonte, J. R.


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IndyPL_WillS Apr 08, 2019

Fauna Hodel was the granddaughter of George Hodel, a suspect in the infamous Black Dahlia murder in Los Angeles. As tragic as that is, it is really a footnote in Fauna's story. George was a successful, wealthy doctor with a lot of dark interests. When Fauna's mother, Tamar, claimed that she and George had an incestuous relationship, the scandal tore the family apart. The result is that Fauna was given up as a baby to live with a African American couple because her mom said Fauna's dad was African American, too. Fauna grew up thinking she was of mixed race even though she was 'too white.' This is a tragic tale of a young girl growing into a woman who deals with her adopted mother's outrageous behavior and yearning to know her real mother only to find a big part of her life was a lie.

Fauna's story is also about how we perceive people based on race. Is Fauna white or black? Should it matter? No, but it does to a lot of people in her life, people of both colors. It's not always easy to read such tragic actions, but it is worth it if for nothing else than to see how far we have come as a society.

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