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Description:New York: Random House, 1959. First edition of Marshall's classic coming-of-age tale and a vivid portrait of one family's struggle to achieve the American Dream. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication, "To Norma McEwen from Paule Marshall 1959." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by John O'Hara Cosgrove II. Set in Brooklyn during the Depression and World War II, Brown Girl, Brownstones is the enduring story of a most extraordinary young woman. Selina Boyce, the daughter of Barbadian immigrants, is caught between the struggles of her hard-working, ambitious mother, who wants to "buy house" and educate her daughters, and her father, who longs to return to the land in Barbados. Selina seeks to define her own identity and values as she struggles to surmount the racism and poverty that surround her.
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