You will open the book expecting to be uplifted by a rags-to-riches story or a ‘money can’t buy happiness’ fable, but the book actually serves up a heaping dose of reality...Don’t discount the cleaning lady as someone who has made mistakes and ended up cleaning toilets or someone who is simply talentless, dumb or lacks ambition. She probably has talent (like Land — a gifted writer), ambition, morality and everything typically equated with success. The difference? She simply doesn’t have money. She wasn’t born with it; she wasn’t gifted with it; and earning money when you start out without money is harder than you think.
DeMaris Hill interweaves her poems with history and photographs, taking on the voices of bound women from America’s past and exposing their struggles, tragedies and resistance. Compelling and crucial.
The object doesn’t know, any more then the mind does, why what clings to it clings. But once what it is lights on you, it doesn’t go away...” I am still reeling from the haunting magnificence of this book long after I closed its pages. At once beautiful as it is gritty and poignant, this novel is much more then meets the eye and is a great introduction to James Baldwin’s works.