Whitegirl is a novel about the landscape of race, written in the wake of the sensational OJ Simpson murder trial of the 1990s. It examines the love affair of a glamorous, naive white woman, Charlotte Halsey, and Milo Robicheaux, the first black Olympic skier, turned movie star. The story opens as Charlotte is recovering from a brutal attack that has left her unable to speak. Milo is in jail, accused of the crime, and Charlotte is not sure of his guilt. As she considers their life together, Charlotte tries to hold fast to the American ideal that race does not matter, while examining her own role in the racial equation of her times. Whitegirl is an attempt to parse an act of violence and trace it back to its roots.