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Libertie: A Novel de Kaitlyn Greenidge

Libertie: A Novel (edição: 2021)

de Kaitlyn Greenidge (Autor)

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Título:Libertie: A Novel
Autores:Kaitlyn Greenidge (Autor)
Informação:Algonquin Books (2021), 336 pages
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Libertie de Kaitlyn Greenidge


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During the first half of the book, there were times when I really loved it. I particularly appreciated reading about the Civil War from this angle (not a plantation angle, and not a romantic angle either). Libertie's observations on life raised thought-provoking questions that had me feeling she must be going somewhere, figuring herself out as she comes of age.

My feelings went downhill after Libertie's college experience, though. Her life basically gets...worse. I stuck with the reading, waiting for what I figured Libertie had to discover, but she more or less ambles along without knowing herself.

By the end of the book, she still doesn't know. She makes a hard choice to move forward, but somehow she still seems lost. I found the ending abrupt and rather up in the air, without much truly settled.

No, I don't need all novels to have happy endings, nor do I need them to spoon-feed messages to me. But I still like to have a compelling takeaway after finishing a book, even if it's something I dug into the story and found for myself.

Perhaps this is a novel where something deeper about the point of it, something I'm missing, will occur to me later on. For now though, I'm not sure what I've gotten out of this overall. ( )
  NadineC.Keels | May 6, 2021 |
I struggled at times with this book, but it was well worth the effort and while I may not have entirely enjoyed reading it, I know I will think about it for a long time. Libertie is the daughter of a Black, female doctor living in the North during and after the Civil War. Libertie's mother wants her daughter to become a doctor and provides her with medical training and encourages her to go on to college. Libertie, however, wants something different in life and struggles with her mother's expectations. I loved that this novel presented unique characters which often feel like they transcend their time - a vivid Black community, a Black female doctor, college-educated women - and these characters make me think this book will be featured on recommended booklists for some time to come. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Apr 30, 2021 |
Pandemic read. Fascinating book based in part on a historic figure (Libertie's mother, that is, who was based on Dr. Susan Smith McKinney-Steward, the third African American woman to earn a medical degree in this country.) There was so muchI learned about the times, and it was nice to see Homeopathy in practice. The second part of the book, where Libertie marries and moves to Haiti was not as satisfying to me-- a bit too gothic, but all in all, a good read. ( )
  bookczuk | Apr 13, 2021 |
Kaitlyn Greenidge's Libertie has its origins in the story of a Black, female doctor, working in a northern Black community during the civil war. Libertie doesn't, however, focus on this woman—or a fictional version of her. It focuses, instead, on Libertie, the imagined daughter of such a women: young, angry, intelligent, unwilling to give herself over to anyone's expectations, living a life that offers her freedoms unusual for a girl of her time but also places significant limitations on her.

The characters of Libertie and her physician mother are interesting, but what really drove the book for me were the conflicts and challenges facing free Blacks during this period. In what ways are Blacks born into freedom able to understand the lives and experiences of Blacks born into slavery? How does color—degree of lightness or darkness—affect the opportunities open to individuals? Is it a betrayal if Libertie's mother also accepts white women as patients and hangs a curtain dividing the waiting room to keep the two groups of women separate? In what ways do men fail to see them limitations placed on women at that time, even men who believe they're committed to an equal partnership? These questions also extend beyond the border of the U.S. What are the relative values of staying in the U.S. to fight for rights or moving elsewhere—to Haiti or Liberia—to build a Black nation? And to what extent would such a nation offer real equality to its different castes of citizens?

I began reading Libertie for the narrative, but what really propelled me through the novel were the questions it forced me to reckon with. One can read Libertie as a semi-romantic historical novel, but one can also read it as an invitation to imagine and weigh the social conflicts and challenges of another time.

I received a free electronic review copy of this title from the publisher; the opinions are my own. ( )
  Sarah-Hope | Apr 9, 2021 |
“Libertie” was hard for me to get into. While the writing itself is beautiful, the story did not draw me in. While I enjoyed the first portion of the book, I lost interest after Libertie ran off to get married. It did have some very interesting aspects though.

There were moments of beautifully lyrical writing. The book, inspired by the life of one of the first Black female doctors in the United States, was well researched. The book addresses several themes - complex mother-daughter relationships, feminism, and searching for what freedom means for a young female dark-skinned woman in the aftermath of the Civil War. It is also a look at life in Haiti, where women are still subservient to men.

An eye-opener from the book, for me, was how much easier life was for light-skinned Blacks who could pass for White than for the dark-skinned. It was also interesting - shocking - reading of some of the experiments done to treat people. The sea horse one. early in the book. still has me shaking my head. A powerful portion of the book that applies to present days is how even when a person may be freed there is lasting emotional damage that can result in serious mental health issues. We see that today in some of our refugees.

This is a good book for exploring another piece of American history that many of us were unaware of.

Thank you to Algonquin Books for generously supplying me with a review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own. ( )
  BettyTaylor56 | Mar 30, 2021 |
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Kudos to the writer of this book. You did an amazing job. Why don't you try to join NovelStar's writing competition? You might win a prize, judging from the book I just read.
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