Brown Girl, Brownstones Background

Brown Girl, Brownstones Background

MacArthur fellowship winner Paule Marshall was an internationally acclaimed American writer. She was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1929. Paule's father was a migrant of the Caribbean island of Barbados. Marshall was still a kid when her father left her mother. The life experiences of Paule were the inspiration behind her writings.

She started off her literary journey as a poet but soon turned to the prose. Her celebrated novel Brown Girl, Brownstones, is about an African-American girl named Selina Boyce. Selina's mother wants to settle in Brooklyn and buy a house, but her father wants to return to his homeland. She ends up returning to Barbados.

Paule Marshall wrote several notable books such as Soul clap Hands and Sing (1961), The Chosen Place, the Timeless People (1969), and also published her memoir Triangular Road in 2009. Paule won many prestigious awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

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