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Maud Martha by Gwendolyn Brooks
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An astonishingly beautiful, lyrical novella, structured around short vignettes in the life of an African American woman living in Chicago in the 1940s. Brooks punctuates her aesthetic narration, gorgeous images and metaphors brimming with life, with her sharp observations of modern desire (for social status, for commodities, for a better life) and petty cruelties (sexism, snobbery, color prejudice, racism). It's terrible that this book is out of print. It blends the beautiful prose, quotidian experiences, and existential reflection of Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway with the oral tradition, tragic sensibility, and psychological urgency of Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.
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