In Triangular Road, famed novelist Paule Marshall (author of "Brown Girl, Brownstones") tells the story of her years as a fledgling young writer in the 1960s. A memoir of self-discovery, it also offers an affectionate tribute to the inimitable Langston Hughes, who entered Marshall's life during a crucial phase and introduced her to the world of European letters during a whirlwind tour of the continent funded by the State Department.
In the course of her journeys to Europe, Barbados, and eventually Africa, Marshall comes to comprehend the historical enormity of the African diaspora, an understanding that fortifies her sense of purpose as a writer. In this unflinchingly honest memoir, Paule Marshall offers an indelible portrait of a young Black woman coming of age as a novelist in a literary world dominated by White men.
Marshall, a New York native and daughter of parents who emmigrated from Barbados, is a MacArthur Fellow and is a past winner of the Dos Passos Prize for Literature. She was designated as a Literary Lion by the New York Public Library in 1994.
Felicia Lee penned a detailed review of the artist and her work last week in The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/12/books/12paul.html