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This is one such instance. This story will stick with me for a long time. Or to find myself comparing my everyday experiences as a black woman to those of its protagonist frequently. Marshalp confides to Selina that she has started menstruating. View all 4 comments. It’s beautifully written, the main characters are well drawn, and the themes are important. Until now, they have set on the shelf unread.

Brown Girl, Brownstones by Paule Marshall

She does not condemn. She is unapologetic about her characters’ strengths and flaws mxrshall portrays them in a straightforward manner. But having said all that, this is not a book about “issues. Selina prefers her father’s attitude. Yes, she pushes a lifestyle on her daughters that they might not want, but she is trying to give them a good life.

The style of this novel is what really drew me in.

But, of course, often caused by prejudice outside the community. Selina dances a sola in a recital and has a racist encounter with one of the other dancer’s mothers afterwards.

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. Unsung hero of the black canon. Open Preview See a Problem?


Brown Girl, Brownstones – Wikipedia

Like a dark sea bt its way onto a white beach and staining the sand, they came. Deighton epitomizes the struggle of the male immigrant who no longer has the automatic status that came with being head of his family in Barbados despite its poverty. I read this book many, many years ago – back in Junior High School as a matter of fact. Paulee was the result of a racist attack while she was in the South, where a man injured her with a shovel.

It is up to us to think about where they might lead. I thought it was incredibly written and moving – everything from the language, to the characters, to their quotidian experiences leapt off the page for me and took on greater meaning. Ina says that no one will ever like her because of her bold and brash personality. It was far deeper! 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.

Read this for my African Lit class. Silla reveals that she has successfully sold Deighton’s land for nine hundred dollars.

Brown Girl, Brownstones Summary & Study Guide

grownstones 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.

But it always feels genuine and true to the characters.

He wants to return to Barbados, but Silla has her heart set on staying and buying a brownstone. 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? Trudier Harris in her essay “No Outlet for the Blues: The sett So I changed my rating to 5 stars after reading the book’s afterword.


From the text we gather that there may be superficial differences between Bajan women and African American women but their struggles and hopes are the same in “this man’s country.

It’s not only immigrants who invest everything in their children and a future dream, who live not their own lives, but sacrifice themselves to an idea of happiness that their children may not want or share.

While friends posted articles and insightful quotes about the topic, I just could not find the words. 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. For me the most poignant scene was Selina’s transformative encounter with Margaret’s mother.

Yeah, she kinda’ does something backhanded to her husband, but her husband is totally irresponsible! When he returns from the hospital, he seems detached from reality, and he only talks about Peace. Here are some of my favorite passages: Jul 22, Kara Corthron rated it it was amazing. He rejects American ways and wants to return to Barbados.