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Scarlet Sister Mary: A Novel (Brown Thrasher Books) Paperback – January 9, 2004
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Pulitzer Prize winner Peterkin was a pioneer in writing candidly, yet unsentimentally, about black women, including their sensuality. Debuting in 1924 and 1928, respectively, these two titles offer a collection of short stories and a novel.
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Peterkin is a southern white woman, but she has the eye and the ear to see beauty and know truth.(W. E. B. Du Bois)
[Peterkin] pioneered in demonstrating the literary potential for serious depictions of the African-American experience.(Charles Joyner Coastal Carolina University)
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A quote from the book. "Christians often turned right into wrong, justice into injustice. Denied some of the plainest, simplest facts of life. Thought they could run God's business. Sometimes they were right not always. No body is always right. No body always knows what right is. The wisest people in the world are ignorant at times. The most free-handed have to be stingy sometimes and the kindest mean.".
This is one of a long line of lousy Pulitzer Prize winning books from the 1920s. If you are interested in reading an actually good book from the same period (late 1920s), I highly recommend Willa Cather "Death Comes for the Archbishop", Thornton Wilder "The Bridge of San Luis Rey", Dashell Hammet "Red Harvest", and Ernest Hemingway "Farewell to Arms".
Two stars. Not recommended.
She was a former slave who still lives at the Blue Brook Plantation. She didn't know her real parents but felt that two other black people living in the Quarter were the closest thing to parents that she'd ever had.
Big things were happening in the world in 1928 as the book was being written, Germany was building its army, there were protests in Italy against Mussolini and China and Japan were having difficulties.
This novel would be a change of pace and tell of life in a quieter place. It also provides good dialogue and descriptions of the setting that permits the reader to imagine being there and able to witness the events taking place.
The novel also touched on faith in that, when Mary marries a man known to be wild and she has a baby, she becomes wild herself, so the title of Scarlet Sister Mary but eventually she moves back to a faith in God.
Interesting for the time and place. 2 1/2 stars moving up to three.