Brown Girl, Brownstonesby Paule Marshall, Mary H. Washington
Set in Brooklyn during the Depression and World War II, Brown Girl, Brownstones is the enduring story of a most extraordinary young woman. Selina Boyce, the daughter of Barbadian immigrants, is caught between the struggles of her hard-working, ambitious mother, who wants to "buy house" and educate her daughters, and her father, who longs to return to the land in Barbados. Selina seeks to define her own identity and values as she struggles to surmount the racism and poverty that surround her. Moving and powerful, Brown Girl, Brownstones is both a classic coming-of-age tale and a vivid portrait of one family's struggle to achieve the American Dream.
"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
- Feminist Press at The City University of New York
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.20(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.93(d)
- Age Range:
- 14 - 17 Years
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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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.
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!
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.
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.