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Third Girl From The Left

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  • Posted August 26, 2009

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    Amazing Book!

    I could not stop reading this book. Words can not express how good this book is. It seemed to tell a story that I could relate to very well. Family is so important to me and the characters in this book seemed so real. I found myself in tears while reading certain parts in the book. Very well written.. I am looking forward to reading other books written by Martha Southgate!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2007

    Sharing with Our Daughters

    I must say that her first novel 'Fall of Rome' is a hard act to follow however, Martha Southgate's sophomore effort 'Third Girl from the Left' supports my first impression of her as a writer: Southgate is a gifted creator and teller of stories. I not only enjoyed this mother/daughter tale, but also the talent she displayed manipulating language and weaving in the historical social climate of each of her characters (from the tragic destruction of Greenwood, OK to the era of Blaxploitation films) Each woman's narrative was a journey to becoming her own self. How awesome that each daughter--Mildred, Angela and Tamara--had to learn about her mother's past to accept her own present. Best of all was the way Southgate brought the daughter Angela back to her mother Mildred using the granddaughter-Tamara's need to make her mark as a film director. I think 'Third Girl on the Left' is one heck of a story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2005

    Intimate intergenerational story with historical scope

    I really loved the three main characters-- daughter, mother & grandmother-- and how Southgate gave each one her own secrets, desires, and space within the narrative to bloom, with some delicious surprises. It's a real talent to be able to take the reader into these unique private worlds of three different characters with each one feeling fully formed and alive. I'm also a sucker for those kinds of intergenerational stories. In this case we were treated to an intimate view of the experience of being an African-American woman within three specific and very different time periods. And, hey, it's sexy too! I hope this will find the wide and enthusiastic audience it deserves...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2005

    Outstanding insight into American life

    This well-crafted novel brought me women to love through generations of my own American lifetime. Southgate builds her story with assurance and engages sympathy for her characters, each one distinctive.

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