Day 2 – A Novel about Family:
Family is so important, but yet is so complex. It’s what supports us through difficulty and through happy events but can tear us to shreds and drive us batty through others. There are many interesting books out there where family is the focus and it seems the more dysfunctional the better the story. In my opinion, one of the novels that stood out in an African-American novel about family is If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin.
Tish and Fonny are a young African-American couple in love. It’s Harlem in the 1970s and Sonny has been arrested and accused of a crime he hasn’t committed. Here’s where family comes in. Tish’s family is supportive and sacrificing because they believe in Tish and Fonny’s love, and equally in Fonny’s innocence, where Fonny’s family can’t wait for the ordeal to be over with, so that they can get on with their shallow, useless, and unsuccessful lives. They aren’t willing to do anything for Tish and unfortunately not for their son. If Beale Street Could Talk does an excellent job of depicting the fall out of family and life in the seventies for a black man unjustly accused.
Day 1 – Strong female character:
I thought a lot of about this one. It’s not easy to choose since there are so many good ones. In the end, I decided on Dana from Kindred. She really was strong and went through so much, mentally and physically. I know if it were me, I wouldn’t have survived it. In spite of being thrown back into slavery when she is a black modern independent woman from 1976, with a white husband, she manages to survive some pretty horrific things. Not only does she survive but she learns about her family, about slavery, and most of all about herself. Those strong female characters go through all kinds of things and come out changed women and for the better. Those novels with strong female characters make the most interesting reads as well. So, who did you choose for your strong female character from an African-American novel?
Hello All I’m launching a photo challenge over on Twitter and Instagram in February for Black History Month. I urge you all to take part and add to the challenge, the more the merrier. Primarily, there will be photos of books but you can add photos of movies and other things if you prefer. It’s going to be a chance to get more recommendations to lengthen your TBRs and spark conversation about our favorite books. #ReadSoulLit is the tag you should use and please share it and the challenge photo everywhere, which has already started circulating over on Twitter and Instagram. My handle on Twitter is Frenchiedee@ReadEngDee and on Instagram I’m FrenchieDeeDee. I’m linking the photo challenge below so that you can start getting your books and photos lined up to join in the fun. I’ll also be linking videos from fellow Booktubers, as well as my own (channel name: frenchiedee) on a variety of themes for Black History Month. Of course there will be my usual reviews too. Looking forward to chatting with you on here and over there. So, what are you planning to read for Black History Month?
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