Long Distance Life

Marita Golden, Author Doubleday Books $18.95 (321p) ISBN 978-0-385-19455-6
In intense, luminous prose, Golden ( A Woman's Place ) deftly blends the experiences of one black family into the tapestry of 20th-century black history in America. Having grown up up in poverty as the daughter of a North Carolina sharecropper, Naomi Reeves moves to Washington, D.C., in 1926; there she begins a more promising life and eventually acquires a boarding house. Spunky, intuitive and proud, Naomi weds a teacher who cares deeply about black advancement and, following his death, rears their daughter, Esther. After dropping out of college, Esther becomes involved with a married man and bears his child. She later works for civil rights in the strife-torn South. Esther's older son, Logan, reflects her hard-won pride and courage; Nathaniel, her other boy, turns to drug dealing. Naomi's words are charged with the determination, vigor and stoicism that fueled the struggle for black equality. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/01/1989
Release date: 09/01/1989
Ebook - 336 pages - 978-0-307-48764-3
Paperback - 321 pages - 978-0-385-52199-4
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-345-36711-2
Hardcover - 978-0-8161-5005-2
Paperback - 321 pages - 978-0-345-37616-9
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