The thought process is this: I'm gonna put the books I read here so that I can keep track of them in a fun and interesting way. When I finish a book, I'll write a review. Just for fun.
The Forever Sea by Joshua Phillip Johnson
Sula by Toni Morrison is a book about Black female friendship in the early 1900s. It deals with grief, loneliness, racism, but also the incredible joy that comes from being Black and being women.
I thought it was really good. I was scared I wasn't going to get it or feel anything because I don't really have a good relationship with gender but it was actually really good. I really like these sorts of really serious stories that tell a story across many, many years (like Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi).
This is so weird to have as a fave thing but I really liked how the women's relationships with men were described as. Sula's grandmother and mother had such casual loving relationships with the men that they know and I especially liked the way Nel describes loving her husband. She kinda describes it as having something in or between her thighs? It's an illusion to sex ik, but it's also such a sweet way of putting it. After he leaves she says that her thighs are empty and like I felt that.
"Show? To who? Girl, I got my mind. And what goes on in it. Which is to say, I got me."
"Lonely, ain't it?"
"Yes. But my lonely is mine. Now your lonely is somebody else's. Made by somebody else and handed to you. Ain't that something? A secondhand lonely." (pg. 143)
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