Brown Girl, Brownstones

Brown Girl, Brownstones

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by Paule Marshall
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1558614982

ISBN-13: 9781558614987

Pub. Date: 07/01/2006

Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The


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

Now including a new foreword by the prolific Haitian author Edwidge Danticat, Brown Girl, Brownstones is the work of one of America’s finest contemporary black women writers.

Set in Brooklyn during the Depression and World War

Overview


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

Now including a new foreword by the prolific Haitian author Edwidge Danticat, Brown Girl, Brownstones is the work of one of America’s finest contemporary black women writers.

Set in Brooklyn during the Depression and World War II, it chronicles the efforts of Barbadian immigrants to surmount poverty and racism and to make their new country home. Selina Boyce, the novel’s memorable heroine, is conflicted by the opposing aspirations of her parents: her hardworking, ambitious mother longs to buy a brownstone row house while her easygoing father prefers to dream of effortless success and his native island’s lushness. Eventually, in this coming-of-age story, Selina must forge her own identity, sexuality, and sense of values in her new country and reconcile group tradition with individual potential.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558614987
Publisher:
Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Publication date:
07/01/2006
Series:
Contemporary Classics by Women Series
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
272,832
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

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Table of Contents


Book 1. A Long Day and a Long Night
Book 2. Pastorale
Book 3. The War
Book 4. Selina

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Brown Girl, Brownstones 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like drama, problems that women go through and sad moments in someone¿s life, then you would like Brown Girl, Brownstones because this book has a lot drama in which one woman goes through in her life. I personally did not like this book for many reasons. I found it very difficult because there were a lot of advance words. Also the book is in third person and the book can became confusing at times of dialogue. I think that this book would appeal more to a woman than a guy because of the problems in this book. This book is full of drama and women type problems because this book shows the hard things that women go through. One big drama situation in this book is when the main character, Selina, is I a very serious relationship with a man named Clives. Clives has family issues of his own and does not really give Selina the attention she really deserves in her relationship with Clives. The problems that Clives and Selina start facing begin to interfere in there relationship and drama begins to happen. The settings that take place in the book are specific to where you can visualize them, buy then start getting confusing. For example, when Selina goes to her mom¿s work the author describes the setting a little too much to the point when you get confused. This book does not have many important characters which is helpful because you can remember the main characters better. My favorite character in this book was Selina¿s dad. He was a good guy who dreamed and was very positive even trough bad times. Besides the times the book may get confusing the book may get confusing, it is still a pretty good book and if liked what I said, then you will like this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brown Girl, Brownstones is a great book that anyone would like to read. This book was written by Paule Marshall, and I think she wrote a extraordinary story that can teach anyone a lesson. Really my opinion is that this book can help us kids learn or know how to make better decisions and take the right path. Well at they beginning of the story I thought it was confusing - you have to pay extra attention to understand the small details the author wants you to see. Another small detail is that whenever you get across a word you don't understand, look it up, beacuse it can help you know what the author is trying to get across. But something I really didn't like about the story is when the dad left and then suddenly he was dead. It seemed to me that in this part of the story it was not really finished because there weren't enough details. But eventhough the book had its bad sides, it had a couple of good things. For example, when Selina realizes how her decisions affected her life , she got some consequences that she would regret sooner or later. Eventhough this book was extra hard to understand and long, it can teach you and others really great lessons that Selina had to go through. I personally recommend it to many kids because it can sow them many things you can't see eventhough you are doing them. The lesson that I learned from this book was that the decisions and choices you make determine the consequences you will get. But when you realize something you did good or wrong you can go back and take another opportunity and go the right way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not worth reading. it was very very boring.