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Brown Girl, Brownstones by Paule Marshall

The brownstones of the title are the houses which members of the community aspire to owning. Nov 28, Mmars rated it it was amazing. Her main character rejects it as she attempts to find her own way.

So I had a hard time really relating to Selina’s feelings on her mother, which is a huge part of the story. Reconciling Ethnicity and Individualism. Marshall’s novel is a beautiful rendition of the nuances of the immigrant struggle within the Barbadian community opening under the backdrop of World War II and white flight from urban centers.

She never shies away from criticizing the racial social structures of 20th century America, and how Blacks chafe under them. It just that you does give up. The story reflects the author’s own experiences as a second generation American born girl whose parents immigrated from Barbados.

It is these characters’ distrust and suspicion of one another that ultimately drives the story. Women are central for me.

I mean, you speak so well and have such poise. Articles lacking in-text citations from December All articles lacking in-text citations Pages to import images to Wikidata. Marshall’s vivid prose gives voice to all sorts of Bajan women, and one African American woman.

It was published inbut doesn’t feel dated at all. They can as easily embody the power principles as a man. This section contains words approx. Like a dark sea nudging its way onto a white beach and staining the sand, they came. Mar 06, Mary Jo rated it really liked it. Get Brown Girl, Brownstones from Amazon. It’s the story of two very different generations trying to survive in a country that is set up for them to fail.


They are the ones in whom power is invested. There’s so much I’d love to say to finish off this review – Paule Marshall ‘s brilliant character plays and especially how they counter off Selina’s own development throughout the novel, and the treasure of secondary characters like Ms.

Trudier Harris in her essay “No Outlet for the Blues: Reconciling Ethnicity and Individualism”, [7] which concludes: It wasn’t until the end of the book that I found myself moved by Selina’s dilemma, after she experiences a racist encounter with the mother of a white friend who says, ” View the Study Pack. Hated the beginning, due to the barrage of names and POV swaps.

The story has a lot to recommend it. Oct 08, Erica Freeman rated it really liked it. Lists with This Book. I think this reflection is what I loved most about this book, and what made it so painful yet rewarding emotionally.

She fights with her sister, feeling ignored and unloved. This is a fine coming of age story of a second generation Barbadian girl growing up in Brooklyn during the s into the early 50s.

Brown Girl, Brownstones

While friends posted articles and insightful quotes about the topic, I just could not find the words. This book deserves a revival. So many things struck me in this book.

Sunlight came spilling through the glass walls, swayed like a dancer in the air and lay in a yellow rug on the floor. For Silla selling the land can hasten the day she becomes landlord rather than renter. Yet Blacks continue brownstonnes press against racism in order to achieve what is called the American Dream. Miss Mary passes away, and Silla is able to evict Suggie on the grounds that her promiscuous behavior seems suspiciously like prostitution.


Go and check out this classic gem from your local library right now. I laule this book.

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. In this way “Brown Gitl, Brownstones” is universal, as well as revealing lives and situations that resonate in a specific context.

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The style of this novel is what really drew me in. For giving life they exact life. Jan 04, Alana rated it liked it. The reader is so deeply drawn into the world of these immigrants and their struggle to establish their place in their new country that, despite references here and there in Bajan community politics, the book hits a shocking climax with a scene brilliant both in its subtlety and its brutality where Selina is confronted by the mother of her white friend with her defining characteristic to most American society, her color.

I wanted to turn that around. In the s, the Boyce family lives in a brownstone house in Brooklyn, which they share with several other tenants. He rejects American ways and wants to return to Barbados. 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.

Jul 10, Rebecca rated it it was amazing. World War II is in progress at the start of the third book; this section spans a few years, beginning when Selina is around eleven and ends when she is fifteen. Beryl confides to Selina that she has started menstruating.