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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Very poetic read, I was lured into Eden's journey both geographical and spiritual. Read full review

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So, Shay Youngblood went into my head when I was asleep and took her version of my dreams and wrote this book. I loved every minute of it. She pins her words together with a sweet precision, I got ... 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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