Throwing into suitcases all she brought with her on this Caribbean cruise, Avey Johnson knows she has to go home. She wonders why she has been dreaming of her childhood, of the months of August spent on a small island with her great-aunt. Were these dreams of the Shout Ring and her great-aunt's stories of the slave ships from Africa causing the knots in Avey's stomach? Then, forced to wait overnight in Grenada for the plane home, Avey loses herself in memories of her marriage. It had been a "successful" marriage, taking her from Harlem to Brooklyn to White Plains, New York. But now she feels that her and her late husband's financial gains were made at the cost of their history and passion for life. The next morning, as she walks on the beach in a dream-like trance, emotionally drained from her night of memories, she encounters a man about to leave on his annual trip to his native island of Carriacou. His dancing the Juba dance triggers Avey's memories, and she is talked into going with him. On Carriacou, sixty-five-year-old Avey touches again the feelings of her family, her heritage, and comes to understand, in new ways, traditions she has long forgotten and the importance of knowing - and remembering - her past. -- For great reviews of books for girls, check out Let's Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. -- From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Holly Smith
Paule Mashall is the author of Brown Girl, Brownstones, The Chosen Place, The Timeless People, Praisesong for the Widow, Soul Clap Hands and Sing, Reena and Other Stories, and Daughters. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she is now Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
Ordered the book on a saturday, it was in my mail box by wednesday! Excillent condition, shrink rapped, and never used even though the book is 25 years old!Great book seller! Read morePublished on October 21, 2010 by Jessica
This book was surprisingly boring. Paule Marshall's one of my favorite writers, but this book didn't do it for me. The pace was too slow and too many pieces didn't tie together. Read morePublished on October 21, 2008 by Keisha
Although this book is written in a different style than I expected.(The going back and forth between past present and future will get you lost if you're not careful)I believe it... Read morePublished on May 20, 2007 by Jacque Cartwright
Avey Johnson - a black, middle-aged, middle-class widow given to hats, gloves, and pearls - has long since put behind her the Harlem of her childhood. Read morePublished on October 19, 2006 by cortezhill
Praiseong for the Widow is as its name suggest. You wil enjoy reading the novel about Avery Johnson and her journeay as a widow.Published on December 31, 2000 by Beryl Kalisa
I had heard such great things about this book and was eager to read it. The story flowed well in the beginning and the author's use of language was exquisite. Read morePublished on August 10, 2000