"An unforgettable novel, written with pride and anger, with rebellion and tears."—Herald Tribune Book Review
"Passionate, compelling . . . an impressive accomplishment."—Saturday Review
"Remarkable for its courage, its color, and its natural control."—The New Yorker
Selina's mother wants to stay in Brooklyn and earn enough money to buy a brownstone row house, but her father dreams only of returning to his island home. Torn between a romantic nostalgia for the past and a driving ambition for the future, Selina also faces the everyday burdens of poverty and racism.
Written by and about an African-American woman, this coming-of-age story unfolds during the Depression and World War II. Its setting—a close-knit community of immigrants from Barbados—is drawn from the author's own experience, as are the lilting accents and vivid idioms of the characters' speech. Paule Marshall's 1959 novel was among the first to portray the inner life of a young female African-American, as well as depicting the cross-cultural conflict between West Indians and American blacks. It remains a vibrant, compelling tale of self-discovery.
Dover (2009) unabridged republication of the edition published by Random House, Inc., New York, 1959.
Perhaps one of the most important books I've ever read in terms of immigrant or personal survival. This books highlights the struggle of women in a foreign land, trying to make a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by E. Lundy
I like the beginning the conflict between the father and the mother seen by Selina but as that subsides and Selina's begins to take center stage, I found her a complex yet boring... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Matthew
Interesting to read about Barbadians in New York during that period, as this was a combination I knew little about although it has been on my list of things to read being curious... Read morePublished 5 months ago by macoffkilter
A little while ago I reviewed Jonathan Lethem's The Fortress of Solitude, a partly brilliant, partly dopey, semi-autobiographical novel about growing up in Brooklyn in the 1970s. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cary Watson
Excellent Book that will be relevant for years to come!! Paule Marshall captures the inner feelings of a member of a family by using well developed characters. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Stephanie Prince
I loved this book and passed it on to a friend. I live in the neighborhood and the authors descriptions were easy to visualize. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Valerie Dabas
Given as gift to young girl. She seemed to enjoy reading it and will keep it in her book library.Published 19 months ago by Dxxy27
I found it hard to relate to this as I'm not from Brooklyn or Barbados. I never was a little girl growing into womanhood either. Read morePublished on December 28, 2010 by Adam T. Weber
This book was recommended to me by my ex-husband. I think he found me somewher in the text but I have not met her yet, but it is proving a good read so far. Read morePublished on June 6, 2010 by Patricia Bouchereau