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Paule Marshall

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Paule Mashall is the author of Brown Girl, Brownstones, The Chosen Place, The Timeless People, Praisesong for the Widow, Soul Clap Hands and Sing, Reena and Other Stories, and Daughters. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she is now Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.

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The Chosen Place, The Timeless People

Written by Paule Marshall


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 1984
Price: $16.95

The chosen place is Bourneville, a remote, devastated part of a Caribbean island; the timeless people are its inhabitants -- black, poor, inextricably linked to their past enslavement.  When the advance team for an ambitious American research project arrives, the tense, ambivalent relationships that evolve -- between natives and foreigners, black and... Read more >
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