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The good negress: A Novel

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"Haunting . . . To read The Good Negress is to fall under a spell, to open a window, to fly." —Los Angeles Times Book Review Twenty years after its initial publication, The Good Negress continues to be an important part of the literary canon, as relevant and necessary as ever. Set in 1960s Detroit, the novel centers around Denise Palms, who leaves her grandmother's home in rural Virginia to reunite with her mother, stepfather, and older brothers. As a black teenage girl, Denise is given scarce opportunity beyond cooking, cleaning, and raising her mother's baby. But an idealistic, demanding teacher opens Denise's eyes to a future she has never considered, and soon she begins to question the limits of the life prescribed to her. With lyrical, evocative prose, A. J. Verdelle captures Denise's journey from adolescence to womanhood as she navigates the tension between loyalty and independence, and between circumstance and desire. The Good Negress is an unforgettable debut—simultaneously the portrait of a family and a glimpse into an era of twentieth-century America. Winner of the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and LettersFinalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

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"Haunting . . . To read The Good Negress is to fall under a spell, to open a window, to fly." —Los Angeles Times Book Review

Twenty years after its initial publication, The Good Negress continues to be an important part of the literary canon, as relevant and necessary as ever. Set in 1960s Detroit, the novel centers around Denise Palms, who leaves her grandmother's home in rural Virginia to reunite with her mother, stepfather, and older brothers. As a black teenage girl, Denise is given scarce opportunity beyond cooking, cleaning, and raising her mother's baby. But an idealistic, demanding teacher opens Denise's eyes to a future she has never considered, and soon she begins to question the limits of the life prescribed to her.

With lyrical, evocative prose, A. J. Verdelle captures Denise's journey from adolescence to womanhood as she navigates the tension between loyalty and independence, and between circumstance and desire. The Good Negress is an unforgettable debut—simultaneously the portrait of a family and a glimpse into an era of twentieth-century America.

Winner of the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the
American Academy of Arts and Letters
Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

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subject_facetAfrican American families -- Fiction
African American women -- Fiction
Bildungsromans
Coming of age -- Fiction
Detroit (Mich.) -- Fiction
Domestic fiction
Electronic books
Fiction
Young women -- Fiction
title_displayThe good negress
title_fullThe Good Negress : A Novel / A. J. Verdelle
The Good Negress A Novel
The good Negress [electronic resource] / A.J. Verdelle
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African American women
Domestic fiction
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Fiction
Literature
Young women