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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library GRE (Text) 33500013372552 New Checked out 04/29/2021
Moorhead Public Library GRE (Text) 33500013372545 New Checked out 05/03/2021

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  • ISBN: 9781616207014
  • ISBN: 1616207019
  • Physical Description: 327 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Edition.
  • Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2021.

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"Coming of age as a free-born Black girl in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson is all too aware that her mother, a physician, has a vision for their future together: Libertie will go to medical school and practice alongside her. But Libertie feels stifled by her mother's choices and is constantly reminded that, unlike her mother, Libertie has skin that is too dark. When a young man from Haiti proposes to Libertie and promises she will be his equal on the island, she accepts, only to discover that she is still subordinate to him and all men. As she tries to parse what freedom actually means for a Black woman, Libertie struggles with where she might find it-for herself and for generations to come"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 February #1
    *Starred Review* Few novels have as strong a sense of place as this fascinating blend of magical realism and African American historical fiction by the author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman (2016). Set just before and after the Civil War, Libertie recounts the coming-of-age of the title character, a free Black girl in New York whose widowed mother is a coolly independent homeopathic doctor and community leader. Libertie grows up with a strong sense of female power, in awe of her mother's gifts but uncertain of her own path. In spite of her considerable talent, she resists following her mother into medicine; the subsequent break in their relationship and Libertie's headlong plunge into a new life in Haiti lead to heartbreak for them both. Greenidge succeeds beautifully at presenting the complexities of an intense mother-daughter bond, with its blend of unrealistic expectations, disappointments, and betrayals. At the same time, the historical context of traumatized escaped enslaved people, race riots, colorism, and conflicting visions on how to achieve Black freedom (stay in the U.S. and fight or build an all-Black civilization abroad?) weaves the story of one family into the larger tragedy of the African diaspora. Greenidge creates a richly layered tapestry of Black communal life, notably Black female life, and the inevitable contradictions and compromises of "freedom." Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: African American women > New York (State) > New York > Fiction.
Mothers and daughters > Fiction.
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) > History > 19th century > Fiction.
Women physicians > Fiction.
Marriage > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.

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