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Goodreads helps you keep track of vrown you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Brown Girl, Brownstones by Paule Marshall. Mary Helen Washington Afterword. Marshxll Danticat Foreword by. 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 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 ny, 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. Paperbackbrownstonew. Published August 1st by Nrownstones Press first published To see pakle your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Brown Girl, Brownstonesplease sign up. See all 7 questions about Brown Girl, Brownstones…. Lists with This Book. Jul 30, Paul rated it it was amazing Shelves: The brownstones of the title are the houses which members of the community aspire to owning. It is a coming of age novel and revolves around Selina Boyce and her mother Silla; two wonderfully created characters who are the most memorable parts of the novel.
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Brown Girl, Brownstones by Paule Marshall
Silla has very clear aims for her daughters and for her own life; owning a brownstone being a priority. Remember how you used to talk about how you left home and came here alone as a girl of eighteen and was your own woman? I used to love hearing that. It was as if she somehow glimpsed in Selina the girl she had always been. He is a great disappointment to Silla.
He is charming but insubstantial. He wants to return to Barbados, but Silla has her heart set on staying and buying a brownstone.
She gets her wish, but at a price. The whole damn thing is so twisted now, so deep seated; the color black is such a hell of a powerful symbol, who can tell…some of them probably still see in each of us the black moor tupping their white ewe, or some legendary beast coming out at night and the fens to maraud and rape. I will leave the last word to Marshall, writing about the way in which women figure prominently in her writing: I want them to brownstonds central characters.
Women in fiction seldom are. Traditionally in most fiction men are the wheelers and dealers. They are the ones in whom power is invested. I wanted to turn pahle around.
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I wanted women to be the centers of power. My feminism takes its expression through my work. Women are central for me. They can as easily embody the power principles as a bj. View all 4 comments. Nov 28, Mmars rated it it was amazing.
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Sometime in the 80s I became aware of Paule Marshall and picked up her books whenever I ran across them. Until now, they have set on the shelf unread. I decided to read the earliest of those works, Brown Girl, Brownstones, published in She would have been close in age to Selina during the 40s and i Sometime in the 80s I became aware of Paule Marshall and picked up her books whenever I ran across them.
She would have been close in age to Selina during the 40s and intimately known the community she portrays in this book. So many things struck me in this book. I absolutely loved this.
But I do not know how available that is or who played in it. This was World War II. Many of the Baham, both male and female, gained employment in munitions factories. This enabled them to purchase the brownstones they lived in and rent rooms to other Americans many African Americans. Marsball it did not. The anger and violent reaction happened with the home and the self. But, of course, often caused by prejudice outside the community.
Out of distrust, and conflicted emotions regarding assimilation Selina and others resisted and btownstones the efforts to pool money for loans, scholarships. Even within the Association the difference of opinion was near-devestating.
Her father was a man of big dreams, looks, and talk. But from the start, he represented defeat and hopelessness. His mother wanted the American dream. She was filled with frustration and anger and determination and would stop at nothing to get her dream. Unlike her sister Ina who conformed to expectations, Selina formed close relationships with several women within her community and gleaned their diverse lives to form her own self.
She sought out the heart of browh. She became nothing and all of them. She became the amalgamation of of the immigrant experience, and in turn became an assimilated individual who forged her own way to freedom. This book deserves a revival. Most definitely another stage production. View all 7 comments.
Mar 19, Bridgit Brown rated it it was amazing. I broqnstones this book many, many years ago – back in Junior High School as a matter of fact. I believe it was glrl first book pauke I had ever read by a black woman writer; and Selina’s story sounded very familiar to me – despite the fact that my parents brownstnes come up to the north from the south. It’s definitely the classic coming of age story and quite the one that I needed to hear about back then.
I think that after I read this book, I had a completely different masrhall to writing and story-telling: A good book for high school girls and boys to read today. Oct 08, Erica Freeman rated it really liked it. I remember the year exactly because Professor Elaine Hansen gave me and Lisa, one of my dearest friends ever, an A for our writing and presentation on this one.
Nov 23, V. I’m a sucker for female coming of age novels. This is probably because I was not a female when I came of age.
This is Virginia Woolf with slightly less stylistic prowess and a plot worth fighting for and a lead who, if asked, you would contemplate drowning yourself for. There’s something about the wavering would-be artist realizing that she needs to be a person first and foremost that, to my mind, is something to root for. Jul 10, Rebecca rated it it was amazing.
This book blew me away, and it came at the perfect time for me.
After the Trayvon Martin verdict, I found myself speechless about issues of race. While friends posted articles and insightful quotes about the topic, I just could not find the words. This book gave me the words to explain the problem of race in our country.
But having said all that, this is not a book about “issues. At its heart, it is a coming-of-age narrative of a teenage girl This book blew me away, and it came at the perfect time for me.
At its heart, it is a coming-of-age narrative of a teenage girl, Selina, whose parents came to the US from Barbados and settled in Brooklyn where Selina and her sister were born. It’s the story of two very different generations trying to survive in a country that is set up for them to fail. I have never read a book quite like this — Paule Marshall not like Morrison narshall Walker or Naylor in her storytelling; she’s oaule more honest, angry, and fierce. She is unapologetic about her characters’ strengths and flaws and portrays them in a straightforward manner.
It is these characters’ distrust and suspicion of one another that ultimately drives the story. Will they ever come to a place of understanding? Will they stop internalizing the hatred from the white culture around them and find a way to love one another and, ultimately, themselves?