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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  11 reviews
This rowdy, irreverent novel explores relationships among a community of black women-mothers and daughters, friends and lovers-who came to Detroit in the late 1950s to work the lines at the Ford Motor plant.
Paperback, Second Edition, 194 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Aunt Lute Books (first published January 1st 1990)
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All American whites are from the South.

It's difficult to handle in writing the more intense of the grotesqueries that haunt the halls of human history. You see it done well in Morrison and (Gayl) Jones and (Cormac) McCarthy, but more often than not, one feels voyeuristic rather than sympathetic, and the we're-all-in-this-together tone that attempts to tie it all together can come off as sentimentally inadequate for coping with the motions of catharsis that are usually wrapped up in such
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
FOUR STARS: Pretty sure I'll read this again, if only to hopefully understand it better.

Something of a fever dream, weaving in and out of the lives of the Black men and women living in Detroit city just before the tide of civil rights really hit. It has the same poetic sensibility and loosey-goosey take on linear time as one of my favorites, Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen, but without that book's clear-eyed vision and overall surety of self. It's a fascinating scattershot pattern: so artless as t
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Prose as poetry.
Andrea Blythe
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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A very complex book about the women who live on John R Street. It is more about the relationships between these black women and men, whether as friends, family, or lovers it is always very human and very messy.

I read it twice, while taking part in proofreading the new printing, and it has some absolutely delectable prose. There were sentences and passages I could read over and over again, just to experience the taste as they rolled off my tongue.
Nov 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
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It seemed to me that a novel set in Detroit, with, specifically, recent Black immigrants from the South, was a perfect follow-up to The Warmth of Other Suns, plus, reading about Detroit in the 60's, knowing that Dan was a kid there then, intrigued me. But the book wandered around and was too disjointed. I felt as though I was reading Faulkner w/o the beauty that he brings to his work. ...more
Shannon Wyss
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Very good story of a young Black woman in 1950s-1960s Detroit and the community around her. The end is especially gripping.
Sep 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Story of the people who left oppression in the South and moved to Detroit to realize a new life and a new way of being. Author's language is poetic, hard beat musical. ...more
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Just received a notification that I won this Book!!! So excited and happy can't wait to see it in my mail box!!!
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Jun 22, 2011 rated it liked it
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I found it hard to work my way into the rhythm of the narrative, but I did, it was worth it.
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500 Great Books B...: Her - Cherry Muhanji 2 22 Oct 18, 2019 11:52AM  
Cherry Muhanji is the pen name of Jannette Washington (born April 26, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan), an American writer.

She is best known for her novel Her, which won a Ferro-Grumley Award and a Lambda Literary Award in 1991, and the anthology Tight Spaces, which she copublished with Kesho Y. Scott and Egyirba High and which won an American Book Award in 1988. She has also published poetry and short

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