Snapshots of Grace

Henderson-Holmes, Safiya

Primary Category: Literature / Fiction

Genre: Short Story

Annotated by:
Wear, Delese
  • Date of entry: May-17-2006


This story presents a denial of breast cancer so deep that it may cost a woman her life. Arranged by discrete sections labeled "photographs," the story is a chronology of Grace from age five to her present middle age. The story ends after her surgery, and readers are left with the insight that for Grace--and many other women--breasts were more than sexual appendages that warranted admiration from others, visual affirmation of her womanness, or sexual enticements. They were her body, her self, and removal of her breast was not simply removal of a peripheral part.

Primary Source

Breaking Ice: An Anthology of Contemporary African-American Fiction



Place Published

New York




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