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Third Girl from the Left Paperback – Bargain Price, September 5, 2006
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The novel was easy to read and fast-paced. Southgate has obviously done her homework, particularly about the Tulsa riot in 1921 and the 1970s blaxploitation films, but the information is weaved effortlessly into the narrative. The story is believable, the characters memorable, and the writing superb. Unlike other reviewers, I do not think she is trying to cover too much in one book and I certainly cannot understand how anyone would find this book boring or too slow. Perhaps my opinion will change after reading her first novel. If you haven't read Southgate before, start with this one.
This was a very engaging and satisfying read. The characters were well defined and I was easily able to connect with them. I highly recommend this novel. A wonderful story of family.
Mahogany Media Review
TGFL is set against the backdrop of Black Hollywood and the rich, but often forgotten, legacy of the 1921 Tulsa race riots. Southgate takes us into the realm of the mother/daughter world as we experience life from the point of view of three generations of women: Mildred-mother/grandmother; Angela, daughter; and granddaughter, Tamara.
Mildred and Angela shared a tumultuous history, however, their love of movies and their weekly movie outings was the event that bonded them during Angela's teen years. So enamored with being in the movies, Angela runs away to Los Angeles in the 70s and finds herself at the height of the blaxplotation era. Angela-along with thousands of other girls from small town, usa-- auditions constantly for the role that will maker her a star. As the years move forward, stardom eludes her, and her greatest claim to fame is a movie starring Pam Grier-where Angela has a small speaking part in a fight scene and she is the `third girl from the left.' Tiring of the daily drudgery of auditions, limited income, dreams deferred and wanting to experience a little happiness -if just for a moment, even if that happiness includes consequences, she throws caution to the wind as she engages in unprotected sex and becomes pregnant.
Tamara is the by-product of that act, and the child who appears to be able to accomplish what her grandmother and mother could not. Estranged from her family, Angela's daughter knows very little about the life she left behind in Tulsa.Read more ›
This general sense of sadness and even guilt pervaded the book for me, but this is also what made it so powerful and so real to me. The protagonist is Angela, a beautiful black woman who strives for something more than what 1970s Tulsa has to offer. Interestingly, her beauty would have entitled her to more than her peers, but it isn't enough. She is clearly a free-thinker, without ever having been taught to be. She doesn't buy into the current sexual mores, for instance, and instead follows right along with the contemporary trend towards women becoming more aware of their bodies. Yet she does this not because of the women's liberation movement, which has never really reached Oklahoma, anyway, but because that's who she really is. Her inherent "differentness" causes her to develop a hatred for boring and behind-the-times Tulsa. This self-confidence, awareness of her own beauty, and her love of film eventually lead her to L.A.
L.A.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Martha Southgate is a very talented writer, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Third Girl from the Left". Martha's story is well written and very cohesive. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chris Collins
This is a great book thus far. It was delivered in great condition--though not new as expected, for there was a note to Meghan in the front cover (haha)! Read morePublished on November 11, 2013 by MyTwoCents
A very interesting read covering three distinct contrasting eras of Black Women. Many surprises and unexpected turns. What one must do to pursue one's dreams.Published on January 23, 2013 by Imani J.L. Douglas
Angela was brought up in Tulsa, Oklahoma by her mother Mildred and her pharmacist father. She had an older brother and sister. Mildred never fit into the conformity of Tulsa. Read morePublished on August 23, 2010 by Judaye
This book is nothing short of amazing. Martha Southgate's characters are so vivid it feels as if they are actual people. Read morePublished on January 24, 2008 by Federica Roach
I loved the "Fall of Rome" and I was thrilled to find this book completely unexpectedly on my library shelf. WHAT A BOOK! Read morePublished on April 25, 2007 by Karen A.
I must say that her first novel "Fall of Rome" is a hard act to follow; however, Martha Southgate's sophomore effort "Third Girl from the Left" supports my first impression of her... Read morePublished on March 9, 2007 by Angela of Color Me Purple
Martha Southgates Third Girl from the Left, is excellently written with a beleivable plot. I thought that Southgates references and detail regarding the 1970's Blaxploitation... Read morePublished on January 18, 2007 by W. Jones