Brown Girl, Brownstones

Brown Girl, Brownstones

by Paule Marshall


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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.

Paule Marshall's novel was among the first to portray the inner life of a young female African-American in the era of blatant racism and minority poverty struggle, as well as depicting the cross-cultural conflict between West Indians and American blacks. It remains a vibrant, compelling tale of self-discovery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781774641538
Publisher: Must Have Books
Publication date: 02/20/2021
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 972,262
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Paule Marshall is the recipient of numerous honors, including a John Dos Passos Award for Literature, an American Book Award, and a MacArthur Fellowship. She holds a distinguished chair in the creative writing program at New York University.

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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