Brown Girl, Brownstones book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Set in Brooklyn during the Depression and World War II, B . Brown Girl, Brownstones [Paule Marshall] on *FREE* The book focuses most directly on the growth and development of the character Selina. Ten-year-old Selina Boyce lives in a brownstone in Silla is a strict, no- nonsense woman whose goal is.

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"An unforgettable novel, written with pride and anger, with rebellion and tears." — Herald Tribune Book Review"Passionate, compelling an impressive. The Brown Girl, Brownstones Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter Brown Girl, Brownstones is a novel split into 4 smaller books and told from the. Brown Girl, Brownstones. —New York Times Book Review. "Marshall brings to her characters an.

He believes that music will be his next get-rich-quick scheme. Selina tells him about the conversation Silla had with the other Bajan women and her plans to somehow sell the land, but reassures him that it's probably nothing to worry about. She fights with her sister, feeling ignored and unloved. Ina says that no one will ever like her because of her bold and brash personality. Selina tells Miss Thompson about her fight and her concerns about her mothers plans.

Miss Thompson, being a maternal and nurturing person, tries to help by distracting her. She fixes Selina's hair in curls, then Selina heads to her mother's work with the intention of confronting her about her plans to sell the land behind Deighton's back.

Silla chastises her for travelling to the part of town by herself at night. Silla reveals that she has successfully sold Deighton's land for nine hundred dollars.

Over the course of a year, Silla forged letters to Deighton's sister and granted his sister the power of attorney to sell the land.

Deighton seems to be resigned to this fact, and agrees to take out the money the following day. He is gone the entire day, which raises Silla's suspicions.

Deighton comes home with an abundance of frivolous and extravagant gifts. Silla mourns the loss of the money that could have gotten them the brownstone.

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He severely his arm while incorrectly using machinery at a factory job, then begins to follow a cultist religion lead by a man called Father Peace. Deighton he demands to be called "Brother Boyce", and he renounces his family to be with other followers of Father Peace. Silla calls the authorities to have him deported back to Barbados.

The family receives news that Deighton either jumped or fell off the ship that was on its way to Barbados, and he drowned. Book 4. Selina[ edit ] Since her father's death, Selina's grief has removes her even further from the community.

Book 4, Selina, Chapters 1-3 Summary

She attends a party hosted by her childhood friend, Beryl, where Selina learns about the Association. Selina begins college. Silla owns the brownstone, and she works to get rid of Miss Mary and Suggie. Miss Mary passes away, and Silla is able to evict Suggie on the grounds that her promiscuous behavior seems suspiciously like prostitution.

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Selina loses two of the people she's closest to in a short span. Convinced Silla's doing it on purpose, she becomes even angrier and more reclusive. Miss Thompson reveals to Selina how she got the sore on her leg. It was the result of a racist attack while she was in the South, where a man injured her with a shovel.

She also encourages her to attend an Association meeting so she can re-connect with her "people" and her culture a bit more and stop feeling so alienated. Selina begrudgingly agrees to go, but she tells the group they are money-hungry, narrow-minded, etc. Selina meets Clive, a melancholy artist about ten years her senior named Clive. He initially seems to share a lot of Selina's personal values, and they begin a secret relationship.

Selina joins her school dance team, discovering she has natural talent and enjoys it. This turns out be in vain as it is revealed that Silla had already sold the land for dollars by forging letters to Deighton's sister in Barbados and instructing her on the sale of the land.

Seeing that her actions cannot be reversed, Deighton reacts in spite by spending all the proceeds from the sale on luxurious gifts. Words of Deighton's actions spreads among the Barbadian community in Brooklyn and he is made a pariah.

He then proceeds to work in a factory for a short period of time but loses an arm in an accident, and finds peace in a cult led by a certain Father Peace. This however, leads to calls for his deportation.

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It is later revealed in Book 3 that he drowns after falling off the boat on his way back to Barbados. Selina seems to be the only one who is distraught by her father's death, and this further drives the wedge between her and the rest of the Barbadian community.

Deigning to follow her own dreams, Selina begins college and meets Clive , an artist ten years her senior. During her time in college, Selina picks up dancing and joins her school's dance group. She also begins to date Clive in secret, and they bond over a shared pessimistic outlook on the world. Silla discovers their relationship and pleads with Selina not to pursue Clive, warning her of him. However, this advice falls on death ears and Selina plots to get a scholarship and take the money to run away with Clive.

She is, however, distraught and disappointed when she finds out that Clive never intended to elope with her. The novel ends on a melancholy note, with Selina considering her options and planning to drop out of school to return to Barbados. Brown Girl, Brownstones study guide contains a biography of Paule Marshall, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.

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She fights with her sister, feeling ignored and unloved. A group of a few other Bajan women visits Silla in her kitchen while she makes Barbadian cuisine to sell. So much of Selina's experiences rang true, and by the end I felt like I had gotten to know the innerworkings of a character that in spite of all the hurt, hardships and growing pains she'd endured, had truly come into her own.

Jan 04, Alana rated it liked it. It was as if she somehow glimpsed in Selina the girl she had always been.

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