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I think this is a story about a young girl's struggles growing up. Selina is from a family of immigrants from Barbados. The time is the 1930s, the Boyce family lives in a brownstone house in Brooklyn. There are the typical conflicts between a girl coming of age and her parents, particularly her mother. There are also the background racial conflicts growing up in white America.
Selina is a young second-generation Barbadian immigrant child that lives in the United States with her family. she lives in a time that is presently dealing with the Great Depression and the second World War, which reflects her struggle to find individuality among a group that is constantly oppressed. she struggles to find herself in a world where she is not only looked down upon as a West Indian immigrant child, but also for being a black person as well. Her mother, Silla, a first generation immigration, wants to discard her link to the Caribbean and embrace all that the United States has to offer. Silla battles with this as she is being somewhat held back by her husband, Deighton, who wants to live a life of ease and comfort where wealth comes easy. Selina wants to embrace both worlds, merging both the Barbadian and U.S culture, in the meanwhile trying to find herself, as well. In the novel, it has been expressed that Selina is indeed her father, Deighton's child but when her past experiences shapes her, it is revealed that she is her mother's child. Plotting revenge in doing everything her mother is against actually reveals her mother within her. the conflicts in the novel are surrounded by race where the main, Selina, tries to break free from the chains that seize her Barbadian roots and the hold that Americans, especially the whites have on her, to emerge into the individual that wishes not to be solely identified by her colour and background.
"From Dislocation to Dual Location' a critical essays that involves various critical comments on the post colonial novel, Brown Girl Brownstones