This Child's Gonna Live

Sarah E. Wright Jennifer Campbell Thulani Davis


This Child's Gonna Live

This Child's Gonna Live

  • Title: This Child's Gonna Live
  • Author: Sarah E. Wright Jennifer Campbell Thulani Davis
  • ISBN: 9781558613973
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback



Sarah Wright s triumph in this novel is a celebration of life over death It is, in every respect, an impressive achievement The New York Times, 1969 Often compared to the work of Zora Neale Hurston, the novel was unusual in its exploration of the black experience from a woman s perspective, anticipating fiction by writers like Toni Morrison and Alice Walker The New Y Sarah Wright s triumph in this novel is a celebration of life over death It is, in every respect, an impressive achievement The New York Times, 1969 Often compared to the work of Zora Neale Hurston, the novel was unusual in its exploration of the black experience from a woman s perspective, anticipating fiction by writers like Toni Morrison and Alice Walker The New York Times, 2009Originally published in 1969 to broad critical acclaim, This Child s Gonna Live is an unsurpassed testament to human endurance in the face of poverty, racism, and despair Set in a fishing village on Maryland s Eastern Shore in the 1930s, this story has as its main character the unforgettable Mariah Upshur, a hard working, sensual, resilient woman, full of hope, and determination despite living in a society that conspires to keep her down In her mind, she carries on a conversation with Jesus, who, like Mariah herself, is passionate and compassionate, at times funny and resolutely resilient to fatalism Often compared to Zora Neale Hurston for her lyrical and sure handed use of local dialect, Wright, like Hurston, powerfully depicts the predicament of poor African American women, who confront the multiple oppressions of class, race, and gender.


Recent Comments "This Child's Gonna Live"

The writing is brilliant and Sarah E. Wright should have an award for this book or at least be on Boxall's 1001 list. The harsh realities of a black woman, Mariah Upshur, who faces racism and poverty during the depression in Maryland. So much to say about this book, but I would not do it justice. This is a must read!

An amazing testimony to the bleak reality of life in a coastal Maryland community during the depression. Mariah Upshur is fighting with all of her being to keep her children alive. She and her husband are literally struggling each day to eek out a living on a land that should be their legacy, but has somehow fallen into the hands of others.The weather is harsh, their work is harsh, and even Mariah's love for her children comes out as slaps and sharp words sometimes. She realizes this and it adds [...]

it has been 11 years since i read this book and i still remember itmple story, but inspirational. this black womans determination to keep her daughter ought little of it when i first read it but went back and thought about it. gave it a 10 now

A powerful story set in a small African-American community during the Depression. The author gives the reader the terrible gift of seeing how it was and understanding why it was so.

Thoughts coming soon

Pretty remarkable. Great language that never lets up or gets weak. Not surprised to find the author also a poet.


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