Black Girl in Paris

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Riverhead Books, Jan 1, 2001 - Fiction - 238 pages
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Black Girl in Paris wends its way around the mythology or Paris as a city that has called out to African-American artists. Like James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, and Josephine Baker before her, Youngblood's heroine leaves her home, in the American South, nurturing a dream of finding artistic emancipation in the City of Light. She experiments freely, inhabiting different incarnations - artist's model, poet's helper, au pair, teacher, thief, and lover - to keep body and soul together, to stay afloat, heal the wounds of her broken heart, discover her sexual self, and, finally, to wrestle her dreams of becoming a writer into reality.

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I liked the writing style, somewhat poetic. - Goodreads
I simply picked it up because I liked the cover art. - Goodreads
The writing is straight forward and beautiful. - Goodreads
Sometimes the writing was great. - Goodreads
I think Youngblood is an ok writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Regina - Goodreads

I liked the writing style, somewhat poetic. Quite a few lines caught my attention making me think. I think i quite liked how many things reminded the main character of her adolescents, home, memories ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joree S Gray - Goodreads

I've seen this book at the stores for years, while the cover was beautiful I never picked it up. I saw the short film based on this book and loved it. Shay Youngblood created a character that I fell ... Read full review


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Youngblood is a professor of Creative Writing and Black Women's Literature at Wheaton College.

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