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Brown girl, brownstones

Author: Paule Marshall
Publisher: Brattleboro, Vermont : Echo Point Books & Media, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Brown Girl, Brownstones, tells the story of a young Barbadian American caught between the ambitious dreams of her forward-looking mother and the rose-tinted nostalgia of her father. While Selina's mother strives diligently to save enough money to buy a brownstone in Brooklyn, her father dreams only of returning to his home in Barbados. Managing a constellation of difficult family and cultural dynamics, Selina is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Bildungsromans
Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paule Marshall
ISBN: 9781626543508 162654350X
OCLC Number: 978543997
Notes: Unabridged reproduction of the original 1959 publication.
Originally published 1959.
Description: iii, 268 pages ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Paule Marshall.

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Brown Girl, Brownstones, tells the story of a young Barbadian American caught between the ambitious dreams of her forward-looking mother and the rose-tinted nostalgia of her father. While Selina's mother strives diligently to save enough money to buy a brownstone in Brooklyn, her father dreams only of returning to his home in Barbados. Managing a constellation of difficult family and cultural dynamics, Selina is also faced with navigating the complex maze of immigrant identity in America and bearing the burdens of racism and poverty. Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression and WWII, the close-knit community of immigrants from Barbados where Selina grows up is drawn from the author's own experience as a young girl in Brooklyn. This novel, first published in 1959, was one of the first to probe the difficult cross-cultural conflicts and identities so integral to the experiences of America's innumerable immigrant communities. A vibrant and compelling tale of self-discovery, Brown Girl, Brownstones, is a striking and honest novel about a too-often overlooked American experience.

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