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Author Marshall, Paule, 1929-

Title Brown girl, brownstones / Paule Marshall ; with a foreword by Edwidge Danticat ; afterword by Mary Helen Washington.

Edition Second Feminist Press edition.
Publication Info. New York : Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 2006.
©1959
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 Nichols Adult Fiction  F MARSHALL    AVAILABLE
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Description xii, 319 pages ; 22 cm.
Series Contemporary classics by women
Contemporary classics by women series.
Note Originally published: New York : Random House, 1959.
Summary "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. The new foreword written by highly acclaimed author Danticat examines Selina's passionate quest for wholeness of identity: "When dreams collide rather than merge, forcing both family members and the community to take sides until one type of dreamer is applauded and the other shunned ... a showdown is imminent." With themes of multi-ethnic racism, immigration, loyalty, and loss at the forefront, this powerful and poetic exploration is as relevant today as it was in its debut."--Publisher's website.
Subject West Indian Americans -- Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Young women -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Feminist fiction.
Genre Bildungsromans.
ISBN 9781558614987 (pbk.)
1558614982 (pbk.)
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