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Silla warns Selina about him, saying that he’s not the sort of person she should hang around with. However it is the women in her life who spur Selina to independence even as they try to shelter her from the struggles they have endured.

Want to Read saving…. The Bajan Association is a prime example of this. This is THAT book. So I had a hard time really relating to Selina’s feelings on her mother, which is a huge part of the story.

Will they find their way in this country of white privilege? Many of the Baham, both male and female, gained employment in munitions factories. Jun 24, Kate rated it really liked it Shelves: Open Preview See a Problem?

She sought out the heart of humanity. Set in Brooklyn during WW2. The story has a lot to recommend it. I had an IB English moment thinking of the cyclical themes of mother and daughter.

But, of course, often caused by prejudice outside the community. Out of distrust, and conflicted emotions regarding assimilation Selina and others resisted and declined the efforts to pool money for loans, scholarships. 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.

I thought brwon was fascinating to get a glimpse of the under-explored immigrant exp Marshwll book was a bit hard for me to get into at first I didn’t know what to expect exactly, and the story was a little slow for me as a result of that in the beginningbut once mafshall started drawing me in, there was no putting it down. All these factors which seem innocuous enough become horribly entangled.


I give it 5 enthusiastic stars, but do remember that it Not long after I began reading this book, I wondered why in the world I hadn’t read it sooner and why I knew nothing about it when I was a teenager. Selina struggles to fit in as an American. What really grabbed me in this novel were the characters and the complicated and ambivalent family and community relationships they inhabit. The novel ends with Selina walking alone and tossing one of the silver bangles she’s had since she was a baby toward a set of brownstones that are being torn down for a city project.

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. Brown Girl, Brownstones is a coming of age novel surrounding Selina Boyce, a first generation child of Barbadian immigrants.

She continues to give up something of her humanity by her refusal to change, and that perfect control of one’s destiny, marshsll inability to give oneself up to the release of music or of love, is what insures that her state of the blues will never find an outlet”. This is a classic. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations.

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This novel was suggested by the Feminist Press for black history month and after reading it, I wish I had come across it sooner. Brown Girl, Brownstones by Paule Marshall. But, I want to read it again in the future. The tension between the themes of individualism and ethnicity are explored in Martin Japtok’s essay “Paule Marshall’s Brown Girl, Brownstones: Miss Thompson reveals to Selina how she got the sore on her leg.

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.

To Selina it was a new constellation, the myriad lights hot stars bursting from chaos into their own vivid life, shooting, streaking, wheeling in the night void, then expiring, but only to burst again – and the concatenation of traffic marshalo voices like the roar from the depth browh a maelstrom – an irresistible call to destruction.


Deighton is lackadaisical, impulsive, and he frequently cheats on his wife.

Brown Girl, Brownstones

Their outlooks and priorities change and there are even subtle shifts in language from the evocative Bajan dialect of early glrl to a more conventionally Americanised English.

Deighton and Silla were so opposite of one another and their daughters even more different. I read this a long time ago, just entering it now.

Retrieved from ” https: The sett So I changed my rating to 5 stars after reading the book’s afterword. Because you see I’m truly your child. 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.

The brownstones of the title are the brownstone houses of Brooklyn which the Bajan immigrants have taken over as their former, well-to-do have moved to the suburbs.

Instead, Selina enjoys spending time with her happy-go-lucky father, Deighton. Her father was a man of big dreams, looks, and talk. Oct 19, Anjoli rated it it was amazing. Se I wish I could have enjoyed this novel more than I did. Dec 30, Nyasha Junior rated it it was amazing.

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Each go through their pauke 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.

This is a classic in so many ways and a story I think everyone should read. 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.