devorah major Brown Glass Windows

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Brown Glass Windows is the story of the Evermans, an African-American family in the Filmore District of San Francisco and the tragic history of their son, Ranger, who returns scarred from his experiences in Vietnam and struggles with drug addiction. Ironically, when he finally conquers his drug habit, he is killed meaninglessly in a drive-by shooting. Ranger's death causes the family, with its suppressed recriminations and accumulated resentments, to pass through the crisis and come out on the other side of grief stronger and more united. The novel is also a kind of elegy to the old Filmore District. As Ranger says, they've redeveloped the neighborhood "into a little doorway to hell," a comment that will resonate deeply with readers not only in San Francisco, but in Hartford, L.A. and other urban centers throughout the country, where people have lost their once closely-knit neighborhoods either through urban decay or gentrification, or both. Brown Glass Windows is a beautifully structured book employing techniques of magical realism-a grittily realistic narrative framed by the spirit world. The novel is narrated by a spirit of a woman 200 years old, who watches over her elderly Black friend, Victoria. Victoria, a wonderfully eccentric character, who paints herself white and strives to be invisible, plays an important role in the healing of the Everman family. devorah major, an accomplished poet, invests her novel's landscape and characters with layers of meaning without ever obfuscating the realistic surface narrative (one is reminded of Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison). Brown Glass Windows gives us a rich blend of realism and imagination, elegizing the passing of an era and presenting vibrant characters who move into the future with hope and courage.

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devorah major is an African-American poet, novelist, essayist, and teacher. She is the current Poet Laureate of San Francisco. Among her books are Open Weave, Street Smarts, and Where River Meets Ocean.

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This unusual urban tale from poet, essayist and novelist Major (An Open Weave) centers on an African-American family in San Francisco's rapidly changing Fillmore District. Administering a heavy dose of magical realism, the narration alternates between the voice of a 300-year-old ghost of an African slave and a more traditional third-person viewpoint (although the two often seem to merge). The extended Everman family includes Ranger, a Vietnam vet haunted by incidents during the war and plagued by drug addiction; his son, Jamal¢known familiarly as Sketch for his artistic talents, which run deeper than the graffiti he tags on the streets; and Ranger's pregnant sister, Dawa, who recalls the ever-shifting history of their neighborhood. When a random act of violence strikes, their fractured past must be addressed head-on. Young Jamal, in particular, finds a way to better understand his father's place in the world, and thus gains a better sense of himself. Serving as a help line is eccentric neighbor Victoria, an old woman who paints herself white and communes with the spirit-narrator. Some readers will resist the otherworldly narration and symbolism, which can feel disjointed and heavy-handed; others will be intrigued by the depth and history it lends to modern-day San Francisco, the realities of racial prejudice and, above all, the many-layered truths of families.
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