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Sarah Phillips

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  120 ratings  ·  10 reviews
This novel, in the words of its title character, is set in "the hermetic world of the old-fashioned black bourgeoisie--a group largely unknown to other Americans, which has carried on with cautious pomp for years in eastern cities and suburbs, using its considerable funds to attempt poignant imitations of high society, acting with genuine gallantry in the struggle for civi ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 3rd 1993 by Northeastern University Press (first published 1984)
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christine
This is one of the best books i've ever read. A collection of short stories about Sarah Phillips- a Black woman who grew up in a well-to-do family. The stories are not in chronological order, which adds to the complexity of the main character. This book deals with race, class and privilege.
Ellen
Sep 11, 2008 Ellen added it
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As recommended by Curtis Sittenfeld.
Melissa
This book was short but felt long and was incredibly snotty. This is the 2nd book I've read by the author although this is the author's first book. I'm guessing this is mostly autobiographical and basically consists of short stories all coming of age about a young black woman growing up in the upper middle class Philadelphia suburbs, attending private schools and summer camps and the daughter of a baptist pastor. There were some funny moments and some really emotional ones. It wasn't a complete ...more
Janice
Excellent book; a story that I am very happy was told. This provides another perspective about an African-American woman's life. I would like to see a movie made based on this story.
Jane
I loved this book. What an interesting glimpse into a world that white folks such as I didn't even know existed. Fascinating and heart-warming.
Josh
I read Sarah Phillips for a class. Luckily it is a short book; as I did not particularly enjoy it.
Abby
It was interesting; but ultimately, the author returns to the same images and tropes.
Shereese Maynard
I re-read this story this weekend and it deserves a second look.
Keith Miller
Sarah Phillips by Andrea Lee (1985)
Chris
May 09, 2010 Chris rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Extremely well written.
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Andrea Lee received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Harvard University.

Lee made her debut in 1981 with a journalistic reflection on life in the Soviet Union, Russian Journal. The book came after a 1978 exchange visit to Moscow State University with her husband when she was 25.

She is a former staff writer for The New Yorker, and her fiction and nonfiction writing has also appeared in The
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