Black Marks

Black Marks In this wonderfully intelligent novel Kirsten Dinnall Hoyte explores a young woman s complicated struggle to come to terms with her fractured past Full of vivid characters and lovely sensual details

  • Title: Black Marks
  • Author: Kirsten Dinnall Hoyte
  • ISBN: 9781888451849
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this wonderfully intelligent novel, Kirsten Dinnall Hoyte explores a young woman s complicated struggle to come to terms with her fractured past Full of vivid characters and lovely sensual details, Black Marks transports its readers effortlessly between the many worlds Georgette inhabits A splendid debut Margot Livesey, author of Banishing Verona Black Marks is an In this wonderfully intelligent novel, Kirsten Dinnall Hoyte explores a young woman s complicated struggle to come to terms with her fractured past Full of vivid characters and lovely sensual details, Black Marks transports its readers effortlessly between the many worlds Georgette inhabits A splendid debut Margot Livesey, author of Banishing Verona Black Marks is an absorbing, highly imagined, and beautifully written novel Kirsten Dinnall Hoyte rewards her readers with a brilliant interweaving of stories that capture a young woman s movement into and out of different worlds as she searches for identity and attempts to make sense of her life William Julius Wilson, author of The Declining Significance of RaceBlack Marks is the story of Georgette Collins, who wakes up one day in her early thirties to discover she had no past Everyone has had the experience of not quite fitting in at some point in their lives, but Georgette has grown up in between worlds black and white, gay and straight, wealthy and working class, West Indian and American.Throughout, Georgette tries to piece together these fractured worlds from her grandmother s stories and her own fragmented memories, but she cannot make sense of her experiences Each reinvention of herself is disastrous than the last Now, Georgette, an African American librarian, is completely isolated she is floating, unable to make connections with family, friends, and colleagues Many mornings she wakes to find a man in her bed with no idea how he got there Days are spent in a self created bubble, which both protects her and separates her from others.The narrative weaves back and forth in time, through Georgette s childhood in Jamaica to her teenage immersion in Boston and New York nightlife, and into the reclusive silence of her adulthood, of the library The story s ambiguities remind the reader that there are not always easy answers for why one person may suffer, and neither are there always identifiable paths to recovery Although depression and sadness play major roles in Georgette s life, her first person voice is intelligent, funny, and capable of both warmth and irony.

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    1. As Gwendolyn noted - good for people comfortable with non-linear story telling. The book is intense, raises a lot of questions which are mostly unanswered. As I read them I expected/hoped for more answers because that is what is most often given but a bit after half way I began to think there were be no answers, that the story just simply is. Very readable, absorbing, intense, and not particularly light hearted.

    2. I didn't understand this book. I actually liked that it flitted around from time to time, but i just didnt understand it. And the ending was so un-ending.

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