Brown Girl, Brownstones

Brown Girl, Brownstones

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by Paule Marshall
     
 

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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 Yorker
Selina's mother wants to stay in Brooklyn and earn enough

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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 Yorker
Selina'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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Set in Depression-era Brooklyn, NY, this 1959 coming-of-age novel finds Selina Boyce caught in the middle of her immigrant parents. Mom wants Selina to get an American education, while dad dreams of returning to Barbados. Along with her parental woes, our heroine must deal with the poverty and racism that surrounds her. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Dorothy Parker
These people live and you go there with them through their woe and their joy. Here, ah, here is a book with characters in it. -- Esquire
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"Remarkable for its colorful characters, the cadence of its dialogue and its evocation of a still-lingering past."
The New York Times Book Review

"Marshall brings to her characters . . . an instinctive understanding, a generosity and free humor that combine to form a style remarkable for its courage, its color, and its natural control."
The New Yorker

"An unforgettable novel written with pride and anger, with rebellion and tears."
The New York Herald Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486118604
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
340,110
File size:
791 KB

Meet the Author


Paule Marshall is the author of the novels Brown Girl, Brownstones; The Chosen Place; The Timeless People; Praisesong for the Widow; and Daughters. She has also written several collections of short stories, including Reena and Other Stories, and a memoir entitled Triangular Road. She is Hellen Gould Sheppard Professor of Literature and Culture at New York University.

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Brown Girl, Brownstones 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent depiction of the immigrant experience of the diasporic Africana people. I have loved this book for many years and I recommend it because of the depth of the story, and the beauty of the language.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TENAYSHIS More than 1 year ago
Paule Marshall is an EXCELLENT writer and depicter of African diasporic experience in the new world/U.S. in this period piece. Based on the reviews I have read on this site, it is no wonder HOLLYWOOD dummies down to the American audience. People are not willing to engage in advanced art forms. SMH...not only did I enjoy this work, I also referenced it one of my creative pieces! Cheers to BROWN GIRL, BROWNSTONES!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paule Marshall really makes her characters come to life, especially Selina's character, as I felt as if I was re-living my childhood over again, through her. This work of fiction has a real non-fiction feel to it, and I'm sure many can relate to the story. A mixture of emotions came over me as I read: fear, anger, sadness, joy, and hope. I would recommend this to friends, especially those who believe in the power of faith.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for my English summer homework. It was horrible! I kept falling asleep after reading like a paragraph. I finally got through it when I was on the plane to California, when i had nothing better to do. It's horrible!!! I would never read this book ever again in my life, or even recommend it to any of my friends.