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And do remember me
Golden, Marita.
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New York : Doubleday, [1992]

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192 pages ; 25 cm
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"An engaging saga of unconditional friendship, love, and foregiveness...Golden's style is modern, refreshing and accurately captures a slice of African-American life." ST. PETERSBURG TIMES In the exciting, yet frightening days of Freedom Summer in 1963, two very different African-American women meet, each to discover in the other an elegant completion of herself. Jessie, running from her sexually abusive father and distant mother, is a born actress. In the movement she discovers an unknown world of personal freedom that could shape her into an extraordinary talent or destroy her from within. Macon, beautiful, fearless, and brilliant, knows she is too good to settle for less than she's worth, but her activism threatens the man she loves. In a vital time of politics and passion, dedication and distress, two women struggle to recreate themselves and their world--and learn to love the fight.

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Booklist Review

Golden, whose previous novels include Long Distance Life [BKL O 15 89], captures moments from (and at least some of the meaning of) the past 30 years in the U.S. in this story of a young black woman's journey from a troubled Mississippi home into the civil rights movement, the New York theater, friendship and love, addiction and recovery. Jessie Foster flees from the silence and pain of her home into the middle of Freedom Summer 1964, where new friends and new experiences slowly boost her confidence. Rescuer and lover Lincoln Sturgis becomes her author and director, too, as she learns that "on stage she had no history, no memory, no past." Macon Fields Hightower, idol and longtime friend, is supportive as first Jessie and then Macon relearn how to live alone; Jessie returns this favor when Macon faces cancer. The novel's characters are vivid, believable people involved with life and the events of their times, and by the end of And Do Remember Me, most readers will wish they knew even more about them. ~--Mary Carroll

Publisher's Weekly Review

The compelling opening chapters of this novel that limns the troubled coming of age of a black woman from the Mississippi Delta excite expectations that the rest of the narrative does not fulfill. Initially, readers will find much to admire in Golden's ( Long Distance Life ) depiction of Jessie Foster's flight from her sexually abusive father and her meeting with civil rights worker Lincoln Sturgis, who sweeps her into the movement during the turbulent Freedom Summer--and into a new world where she forms relationships with black and white activists from all strata of society. Golden's portrait of the idealism and exhilaration of people coming together in a conflicted time is authentic and engrossing, but when her protagonist leaves the South and moves to Manhattan, the tale loses dramatic momentum. As Lincoln struggles to make his name as a playwright, Jessie discovers her vocation as an actress, but her transformation is too swift and never becomes convincing. Moreover, when she changes her name to Pearl Moon, the reader's identification with her character is broken. Jessie/Pearl's inability to return Lincoln's love, due to her haunted memories of being raped by her father, makes her emotionally distant and her behavior predictable. Although Golden's command of language in the early part of the book is impressive, the later sections are dry and mechanical, as though she is fleshing out a story in which she has lost interest. The facile denouement involving Jessie/Pearl's psychological breakthrough leaves the novel limping to a close. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Like Golden's previous books-- Long Distance Life ( LJ 10/1/89), Migrations of the Heart ( LJ 2/1/83), and A Woman's Place ( LJ 8/86)--this novel offers an insightful view into the lives of individual African American women. It opens as Jessie Foster escapes incest by running away from home and subsequently becomes drawn into the Civil Rights movement. With the help of her activist/playwright boyfriend, she discovers a love of acting and later becomes a professional actress. Golden offers a resonant description of the consequences of Jessie's sexual abuse, and her characterization and images are skillfully drawn and believable. However, the novel's episodes are strung together with all-too-visible contrivances, and the segment devoted to Jessie's friend Macon is unnecessarily disconnected from the narrative flow. Nevertheless, this is recommended for contemporary fiction collections and is a necessary purchase for libraries with serious collections of African American fiction. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/92.-- Marie F. Jones, Muskingum Coll., New Concord, Ohio (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.