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Instead, Selina enjoys spending time with her happy-go-lucky father, Deighton. Through her characters both women and men, Marshall explores the deep meaning of race in America.

Brown Girl, Brownstones

At its heart, it is a coming-of-age narrative of a teenage girl This book blew me away, and it came at the perfect time for me. This novel was suggested by the Feminist Press for black history month and after reading it, I wish I brownstpnes come across it sooner.

Paule Marshall’s writing style always dropped me into the story, as if I was part of this world. As she grows up, she experiences tragedy, loss, feeling lonely, racism, a sexual awakening, and this fear of “what’s next”–which a lot of us can relate to.

Selina joins her school dance team, discovering she has natural talent and enjoys it. So I had a hard time really relating to Selina’s feelings on her mother, which brownsttones a huge part of the story.

Most definitely another stage production. View the Study Pack.


Traditionally in most fiction men are the wheelers and dealers. Here are some of my favorite passages: Browse all BookRags Study Guides. It is a difficult story to carry, but it is one that we are afraid to tell in this country, and, especially for white readers, one that we don’t necessarily want to hear. Brown Girl, Brownstones is the debut novel by the internationally recognized writer Paule Marshallfirst published inand dramatized by CBS Television Workshop in So many things struck me in this book.

Neit Barbadian accents are hard to read.

Each go through their own painful process in the novel’s story world but not everyone achieves that sense of realization, of knowing, whatever it is they need to know about themselves and how they must walk in the world around them. I think I figured it out. Hell, they seldom say die! Oct 02, Linda Doyle rated it really liked it.

Brown Girl, Brownstones Summary & Study Guide

Silla is so angry that she sends the police after him in order to deport him as an illegal alien and send him back to Barbados. Silla owns the brownstone, and she works to get rid of Miss Mary and Suggie. It’s beautifully written, the main characters btown well drawn, and the themes are important. She became the amalgamation of of the immigrant experience, and in turn became an assimilated individual who forged psule own way to freedom. She was filled with frustration and anger and determination and would stop at nothing to get her dream.


At least it was not of Read this for my African Lit class.

Brown Girl, Brownstones

Brown Girl, Brownstones takes place over a number of years and I appreciated how we see characters develop and mature. Oct 08, Erica Freeman rated it really liked it. The anger and violent reaction happened with the home and the self.

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I give it 5 enthusiastic stars, but do remember that it Not long after I began reading this book, I wondered broownstones in the world I hadn’t read it sooner and why I knew nothing about it when I was a teenager. Selina plans to leave school and go to Barbados alone.

This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. This study guide contains the following sections: Deighton is lackadaisical, impulsive, and he frequently cheats on his wife.

Marshalll you are interested in an arresting story, read this book. For Silla selling the land can hasten the day she becomes landlord rather than renter. I enjoyed this book. In reality, Selina feels left out and confused by puberty.