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Halsey Street

by Coster, Naima, 1986-

Format: Large Print 2018
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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Braddock Carnegie Library Fiction LP F COS
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Penelope Grand has scrapped her failed career as an artist in Pittsburgh and moved back to Brooklyn to keep an eye on her ailing father. She's accepted that her future won't be what she'd dreamed, but now, as gentrification has completely reshaped her old neighborhood, even her past is unrecognizable. Old haunts have been razed, and wealthy white strangers have replaced every familiar face in Bed-Stuy. Even her mother, Mirella, has abandoned the family to reclaim her roots in the Dominican Republic. That took courage. It's also unforgivable.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In her perceptive, memorable debut, Coster reveals the personal toll that gentrification takes on one damaged Bed-Stuy family. Twenty-something art school dropout Penelope Grand has been living in Pittsburgh for several years and has no plans to return to her native Brooklyn. But after her ailing father, Ralph, takes a fall, she returns to help care for him. Ralph's record store was once the crown jewel of the neighborhood's black-owned businesses, with all the status that conferred; after business dwindled and he sold out to a trendy organic grocer, he has steadily declined, along with-in his estimation-the neighborhood itself. "It's all just stuff to them," he tells Penelope. "Stuff they think they deserve because they can afford it." Penelope's homecoming dredges up uncomfortable memories; as she negotiates the still-familiar streets, she attempts to define her place within her family, neighborhood, and artistic community, all of which comes to a head when her estranged mother invites her to the Dominican Republic. Penelope's status as both an insider and an outsider in her childhood home affords Coster an acute perspective from which to consider the repercussions of gentrification, as well as a family's legacy of self-destruction. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Women artists -- Fiction.
Fathers -- Care -- Fiction.
Dominicans (Dominican Republic) -- Fiction.
Large type books.
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher Thorndike, Maine :2018
Edition Center Point Large Print edition.
Language English
Description 477 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781683248439
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