Ordinary Light

a memoir by Tracy K. Smith

Summary

Ordinary Light, a memoir, by Tracy K. Smith, is a story about coming of age, knowing what home meant in a complex background of race. As well as, faith, and the unbreakable bond between a mother and daughter. Tracy is getting ready to leave for college when her mother is diagnosed with cancer. This is the story of a young woman who is struggling to understand belief, loss, history, and what it means to be black in America.

Theme(s)

I would say that the theme of this book is that even when you're going through hard times to never give up. Stay true to yourself and what you believe in. The storm will pass and the sun will shine again.

Conflicts

Ordinary Light, a memoir, is an inspiring story that explores faith, race, and an unbreakable bond between a mother and her daughter. This book doesn't have one specific conflict, more like conflicts that all connect with each other. I would say that the conflicts consist of this, dealing with loss, faith, history, and what it means to be black in America.