World.: New Hampshire 7 158. She herself, by her own. Responding to a racial slur with his fists, her brother Addie was permanently crippled, and the whole family hounded from the city. It is a remarkable attempt, both technically and thematically. The fundamentally different styles in which mother and daughter express themselves constitute the most obvious key to the terms of their disagreement. As a corollary to this resolve, she separates herself from those who are vulnerable, for she feels that to involve her feelings with people who let themselves be oppressed, is to connive at her own degradation.
Renata, on the other hand, begins in a flaccid emotional state in which she is continually awash in tears of self-pity and self-reproach. Juli, 13:45 Uhr More Is this you? Rosellen Brown, already known for her poems and short stories, has written an ambitious first novel. Rather than simplify as news headlines, sound bites, and political speechifiers do, our responsibility is to pose difficult questions and not take sides. Gerda, a lawyer, speaks with legalistic precision, marshals evidence, moves from point to point with rigorous organization. It is also assumed, by the public if not by her colleagues, that having suffered, she is devoting her life to other sufferers out of natural sympathy. Brown found a home and a holdfast in the written word, cultivating a profound and abiding belief in the illuminating power of literature. Brown, was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. The guiding principle of Gerdas life is her determination to defend her dignity, to protect herself from humiliation. The story is told in the first person, Gerda and Renata speaking alternately, a method of exposition that allows great immediacy of effect.
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