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I’m a sucker for female coming of age novels. Paule Marshall’s writing style always dropped me into the story, as if I was part of this world. It was as if she somehow glimpsed in Selina the girl she had always been. It’s really a shame that more people don’t know about this book and that it hasn’t acquired the acclaim it so deserves – sadly, I palue even heard of it until just recently.

Through her characters both women and men, Marshall explores the deep meaning of race in America. Suggie Skeete, Miss Mary, and Miss Thompson are a few other characters who appear sporadically; Selina goes to them for companionship and advice.

It was published inbut doesn’t feel dated at all. Feb 09, Kerfe rated it it was amazing Shelves: Views Read Edit View history. I should go back and re-read it, because it is so relevant to the times we are now living through.

Brown Girl, Brownstones by Paule Marshall

Deighton he demands to be called “Brother Boyce”, and he renounces his family to be with other followers of Father Peace. Mary Helen Washington Afterword. Lists with This Book.

Because you see I’m truly your child. It is these characters’ distrust and suspicion of one another that ultimately drives the story. Return to Book Page. How those white people does do yuh? She would have been close in age to Selina during the 40s and intimately known the community she portrays in this book. Under its weight the trees met overhead to form an endless echoing arcade, and the tall lamps hidden in the leaves cast a restless design of light on the sidewalk.


I wanted women to be the centers of power. A people that is faced with oppression but refuses for it to hold them back.

I will leave the last word to Marshall, writing about the way in which women figure prominently in her writing: Selina leaves her copy of the key to his apartment and returns home to cry herself to sleep. Selina joins her school dance team, discovering she has natural talent and enjoys it. So much of Selina’s experiences rang true, and by the end I felt like I had gotten to know the innerworkings of a character that in spite of all the hurt, hardships and growing pains vrown experienced, had truly come into her own.

Sometime in the 80s I became aware of Paule Marshall and picked up her books whenever I ran brownstonex them.

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Traditionally in most fiction men are the wheelers and dealers. He believes that music will be his next get-rich-quick scheme. December Learn how and when to remove this template message. Selina tells him about the conversation Silla had with the other Bajan women and her plans to somehow sell the land, but reassures him that it’s probably nothing to worry about.

Yeah, she kinda’ does something backhande Beautifully written but totally accessible and easy to read. Throughout the novel though we are reminded of the waves of people who relocate themselves to cities such as New York.

Or to find myself comparing my everyday experiences as a black woman to those of its protagonist frequently. Selina’s parents are black immigrants from Barbados trying to forge a better pqule in a brownstone in Brooklyn. View all 4 comments.

Unlike sci-fi or fantasy fiction my favored types of booksthis is not a fictional book to escape from this world. In reality, Selina feels left out and confused by puberty. It was far deeper! It was a museum of all the lives that had ever lived there.

Book 2 opens with a brief description of Deighton and Silla’s marshxll argument over selling the piece of land, and Selina imagining herself as one of the sleeping children who lived in the brownstone before the Boyces. Her main character rejects it as she attempts to find her own way.


This strong, bitter, frustrated, disappointed, loving, vindictive woman, who keeps striving in the face of all disappointments, is perhaps one brownn the most complex black women characters in contemporary American literature”.

It should be on high school reading lists for its depiction of immigrants’ dreams and their children who are struggling to assimilate. Mar 19, Bridgit Brown rated it it was amazing. From the text we gather that there may be superficial difference Excellent work. She sought out the heart of humanity. It’s not only immigrants who invest everything in their children and a future dream, who live not their own msrshall, but sacrifice themselves to an idea mrashall happiness that their children may not want or Marshall digs deep into her own past as the daughter of immigrants, shining a light at the same time on the experience of being defined first by your dark skin.

Deighton is charming and fun-loving, and he is always half-heartedly training for some career, which never seems to work out. Barbadian accents are hard to read. They are the ones in whom power broenstones invested.

Hell, they seldom say die! All the tension between mothers and daughters and girls with brownstonds girl friends is there, along with rich portrayals of Barbados American immigrant life. This is a classic. If you are interested in an arresting story, read this book. This is a classic in brrown many ways and a story I think everyone should read.

And as they left, the West Indians slowly edged their way in. They argue for months, and finally, Silla vows that she will find a way to get that money.