Brown Girl, Brownstones

Brown Girl, Brownstones

eBook - 2013
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"An unforgettable novel, written with pride and anger, with rebellion and tears."—Herald Tribune Book Review"Passionate, compelling . . . an impressive accomplishment."—Saturday Review"Remarkable for its courage, its color, and its natural control."—The New YorkerSelina's mother wants to stay in Brooklyn and earn enough money to buy a brownstone row house, but her father dreams only of returning to his island home. Torn between a romantic nostalgia for the past and a driving ambition for the future, Selina also faces the everyday burdens of poverty and racism. Written by and about an African-American woman, this coming-of-age story unfolds during the Depression and World War II. Its setting—a close-knit community of immigrants from Barbados—is drawn from the author's own experience, as are the lilting accents and vivid idioms of the characters' speech. Paule Marshall's 1959 novel was among the first to portray the inner life of a young female African-American, as well as depicting the cross-cultural conflict between West Indians and American blacks. It remains a vibrant, compelling tale of self-discovery.
Publisher: 2013
ISBN: 9780486118604
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Sep 30, 2017

Fascinating portrayal of a Brooklyn neighborhood in the 1940s with great characters.

LPL_KateG Dec 04, 2015

Originally published in 1959, this coming of age story feels poignant and still relevant in many ways. Selina's family left Barbados for Brooklyn and she tells of growing up during the Great Depression, WWII, and beyond. Written in Bajan-English dialect, you can hear the wonderful, complex characters speaking in your head as you read.


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