An American Odyssey of Race and Self-Discovery
Michael Sidney Fosberg
Imagine discovering you are not the person you thought you were. That you have a family, a history, an ethnicity you never knew. How would this discovery impact your life, the lives of those around you, your vision of yourself and society?
Michael Fosberg grew up in a white working-class family outside of Chicago, raised by his biological mother and adoptive father. In his early thirties, his parents divorced, setting off a series of discoveries that shake his foundation, and force him to take a closer look at the person he thought he was. Armed with only a name and a city, he sets out to track down his biological father, stumbling upon him in a miraculous first phone call. During the call Michael learns "a couple of things I'm sure your mother never told you" — first, that his father had not forgotten him and, second, that he is African American.
This life-changing event leads to a remarkable journey of family and self-discovery. In a provocative and gripping tale of identity, race, and family history, Fosberg probes his past, his family's reaction, and our country's difficulty in understanding and discussing identity, race, and heritage.
INCOGNITO: An American Odyssey of Race and Self-Discovery
Audience: memoir, race relations, racism, adoption, family, African-Americans, racially mixed people, immigrants
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