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A life’s journey, starting in Brooklyn

Published 04/06/2009, Newsday

Sixty years ago, Paule Marshall published “Brown Girl, Brownstones,” an autobiographical work of fiction about a young girl growing up in the Barbadian community of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, during World War II and after. It’s a wonderful New York novel, dramatizing the aspirations and disillusionments of its immigrant characters and ringing with the cadences of West Indian talk. (It calls to mind two very different books, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” and “A House for Mr. Biswas.”)

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