Third girl from the left

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Houghton Mifflin,
Pub. Date:
2005.
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English
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The New York Times hailed Martha Southgate's previous novel, The Fall of Rome, as "powerful," O, the Oprah Magazine called it "quietly accomplished," and Essence lauded it as "a bracingly honest look at race, class, and self-acceptance." With Third Girl from the Left, Southgate brings her acute vision and emotional scope to a larger canvas. This enormously entertaining yet serious novel tells a story of African-American women struggling against all odds to express what lies deepest in their hearts. Like Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay or E. L. Doctorow's Ragtime, it ranges freely through time, fact, and fiction to weave an enthralling story about history and art and their place in the lives of three women. "My mother believed in the power of movies and the people in them to change a life, to change her life." So explains Tamara, daughter of Angela, granddaughter of Mildred -- the three women whose lives are portrayed in stunning detail in this ambitious novel spanning three generations of one family. Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1970 is not a place a smart black girl wants to linger. For Angela, twenty years old and beautiful, the stifling conformity is unbearable. She heads to Los Angeles just as blaxploitation movies are pouring money into the studios and lands a few bit parts before an unplanned pregnancy derails her plans for stardom. For Mildred, movies have always been a blessed diversion in a life marked by the legacy of the 1921 Tulsa race riots. But after Angela leaves Tulsa following a bitter fight, the distance between them grows into a breach that remains for years. It falls to Tamara, a budding documentarian -- raised in LA by Angela as though they have no family, no history -- to help mother and grandmother confront all that has been silenced and left unsaid in their lives. A bold, beautifully written, and deeply involving novel, Third Girl from the Left deftly examines the pull of the movies, the power of desire, and the bonds of family in a quintessentially American story.
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subject_facetAfrican American families -- Fiction
African American motion picture actors and actresses -- Fiction
African American motion picture producers and directors -- Fiction
African American women -- Fiction
Conflict of generations -- Fiction
Domestic fiction
Electronic books
Grandmothers -- Fiction
Grandparent and child -- Fiction
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Fiction
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction
Psychological fiction
Tulsa (Okla.) -- Fiction
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Third girl from the left [electronic resource] / Martha Southgate
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topic_facetAfrican American families
African American motion picture actors and actresses
African American motion picture producers and directors
African American women
Conflict of generations
Electronic books
Grandmothers
Grandparent and child
Mothers and daughters