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For a long time it had been only the whites, each generation unravelling in a quiet skein of years behind the green shades.

Read this for my African Lit class. It’s the story of two very different generations trying to survive in a country that is set up for them to fail. For giving life they exact life. But I do not know how available that is or who played in it.

Even within the Association the difference of opinion was near-devestating.

Over the course of a year, Silla forged letters to Deighton’s sister and granted his sister the power of attorney to brosn the land. I have never read a book quite like this — Paule Marshall not like Morrison or Walker or Naylor in her storytelling; she’s somehow more honest, angry, and fierce.

It’s not only immigrant parents who demand acknowledgement brownsyones what they have given up, who remain bitter if the results of their hard work are not the fruits they thought they would bear, who blame their children for the unhappiness that is a result of their own choices.

Brown Girl, Brownstones Summary & Study Guide

She loved it, for its chaos echoed her inner chaos; each bedizened window, each gaudy empty display evoked something in her that loved and understood the gaudy, the magshall defined her own emptiness and that in the faces flitting past her. Silla mourns the loss of the money that could have gotten them the brownstone.


This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. Mary Helen Washington Afterword. If you are OK with carrying someone else’s pain for a little while, read this book. Silla mxrshall urges him to sell it so they can buy their house, but Deighton wants to hold on to the land. Selina witnesses their conflict and understands how much of his self-worth is tied up in ownership of the land.

This study brwon contains the following sections: Convinced Silla’s doing it on purpose, she becomes even angrier and more reclusive.

Brown Girl, Brownstones

Articles lacking in-text citations from December All articles lacking in-text citations Pages to import images to Wikidata. Views Read Edit View history. So many things struck me in this book. It is an excellent, emotional book which I think should be far more mxrshall and widely read than it is.

Brown Girl, Brownstones

Read madshall from the Study Guide. 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. Beautifully written story of a young black girl struggling to grow up in the inner city.

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

To ask other readers questions about Brown Girl, Brownstonesplease sign up. In private, she tells her mother she never stopped seeing Clive and what she had planned to do with the money. I had a problem relating to the protagonist, because I felt so much sympathy for her mother, who I think is supposed to be a more ambiguous figure than I found her to be. She plans to take the money and use it to run away with Hrownstones.


Through her characters both women and men, Marshall explores the deep meaning of race in America. Jan mardhall, Pat rated it it was amazing Shelves: I read this book many, many years ago – back in Junior High School as a matter of fact.

Painful is the word that comes to mind. May 01, Amanda rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mzrshall sought out the heart of humanity. It was the result of a racist attack while she was in the South, where a man injured her with a shovel. I enjoyed this book. Selina hates the hypocrisy and clannishness of the Association, but she meets a man there named Clive and loses her virginity to him.

Selina overhears, and Silla threatens to punish her if she tells her father. There’s something about the wavering would-be artist realizing that she needs to be a person first and foremost that, to my mind, is something to root for. Barbadian accents are hard to read.

This is probably because I was not a female when I came of age. I did not finish the book.

I wanted to turn that around.