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This book was better than I expected I picked it from my college town s book sale for 25 cents At first, I thought it was just going to be told from Tamara s point of view I got a little bored but decided to give the book a chance And man, I m glad I did We switch to Angela s section first which was very interesting because this I didn t expect us to have different POVs I enjoyed Angela for the most part And I was pleasantly surprised at the lesbian bisexual relationship with Sheila and Angela As a bisexual black women, to find a book that has a LGBT character who is also a BW I was very happy I really hoped it didn t go down that happy lesbians break up trope that s common with LGBT media I m glad they stayed together to at the end I wasn t too happy with the weird non closure with got with Rafe He seemed like he really cared about her and the baby He even mentioned in his POV chapter that he wanted to tell her how much he wanted to raise this baby with her I don t believe that he didn t try to contact her when Tamara was a few months old I feel like it was just a reason for him to be out of them picture I like Sheila and Angela together but I would rather Angela say I want to be with Sheila rather than have Rafe not be in the picture I was evensurprised when we switched to Mildred s POV I didn t enjoy her as much as Angela, maybe because it just seemed like she was just very compliant and didn t seem to have a voice of her own I liked when she, briefly, talked about how she didn t like Jolene and how she thought it was a sin not to like your own children She even has a breakdown before her affair, saying she shouldn t have had children I wish this was touched on a little bitI feel like the author glossed over it with one liners It could have been an interesting plot point We could then see why Angela turned out the way she did I thought her affair with William was way too short She said she loved him but I didn t get that in such a short amount of time It was weird I also didn t know where all the times she called Angela a whore or a slut came from She knows what it s like to have an affair and yet she s judging her own daughter I didn t get that Tamara s POV was by far my least favorite I think she got the shortest section too We didn t have a lot of stuff with her growing up like we did with Angela and Mildred so I felt detached from her character I did relate to her on the film school part I am also majoring in a film related major and I also do not have the money to do what I m doing Lol I think the ending was rushed The whole thing was Tamara finding out everything from Mildred just telling her felt very cheap to me There was so many creative ways the author could have done this I know it sounds like I m bashing the book but I m not I enjoyed it I think the different POVs really strengthen the book and it s message I loved it I will definitely read another one of her books I really enjoyed parts of this and other parts were so so hence the three stars I also read it in fits and starts which didn t help It was great to read a story about different generations of black women that touched on their hopes, fears and dreams while also dealing with the issue of knowing and appreciating one s roots This is the third book by Martha Southgate that I ve read and it s pretty obvious she likes to write her books from the different perspectives of her characters While I enjoy that approach, sometimes it falls flat depending on whose voice it is For instance, even though I sympathized with Mildred and liked her, reading the story from her perspective wasn t really satisfying I felt Angela s voice was the best even though I didn t particularly like her character Tamara s voice sort of tied everything together despite her being the youngest and dealingwith the present. #EPUB â Third Girl from the Left ´ With Third Girl From The Left, Southgate Brings Her Acute Vision And Emotional Scope To A Larger Canvas This Enormously Entertaining Yet Serious Novel Tells A Story Of African American Women Struggling Against All Odds To Express What Lies Deepest In Their Hearts Like Michael Chabon S The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier And Clay Or E L Doctorow S Ragtime, It Ranges Freely Through Time, Fact, And Fiction To Weave An Enthralling Story About History And Art And Their Place In The Lives Of Three Women My Mother Believed In The Power Of Movies And The People In Them To Change A Life, To Change Her Life So Explains Tamara, Daughter Of Angela, Granddaughter Of Mildred The Three Women Whose Lives Are Portrayed In Stunning Detail In This Ambitious Novel Spanning Three Generations Of One Family Tulsa, Oklahoma, InIs Not A Place A Smart Black Girl Wants To Linger For Angela, Twenty Years Old And Beautiful, The Stifling Conformity Is Unbearable She Heads To Los Angeles Just As Blaxploitation Movies Are Pouring Money Into The Studios And Lands A Few Bit Parts Before An Unplanned Pregnancy Derails Her Plans For Stardom For Mildred, Movies Have Always Been A Blessed Diversion In A Life Marked By The Legacy Of TheTulsa Race Riots But After Angela Leaves Tulsa Following A Bitter Fight, The Distance Between Them Grows Into A Breach That Remains For Years It Falls To Tamara, A Budding Documentarian Raised In LA By Angela As Though They Have No Family, No History To Help Mother And Grandmother Confront All That Has Been Silenced And Left Unsaid In Their LivesA Bold, Beautifully Written, And Deeply Involving Novel, Third Girl From The Left Deftly Examines The Pull Of The Movies, The Power Of Desire, And The Bonds Of Family In A Quintessentially American Story Third Girl From the Left follows three generations of African American women Angie, her mother Mildred, and Angie s daughter Tamara The protagonist, Angie, feels suffocated in her small Tulsa town and runs away to Los Angeles to become an actress She struggles to find her way in a new and exotic town that doesn t live up to her child hood fantasies of fame and fortune Mildred grew up in aconservative era, which provides for an often tumultuous relationship with her daughter And Tamara desperately searches for the secrets of her family s past.This family saga takes you on a historical journey from the 1921 Tulsa race riots to the blaxploitation of the 1970 s film industry It masterfully weaves the reader through the coming of age, of sorts, of an entire family There is an underlying lesbian sub plot regarding Angie s relationship with Sheila, but it doesn t overshadow the main story line Brilliantly crafted novel of a family searching for themselves and for each other. I ve never read any of Southgate s work but this was a powerful story that is interwoven through three generations of women and covers race, sexuality, class, and the broken heart. A surprisingly great book I picked up at the bargain section of Half Price books I was intrigued by the description all about a woman who was an extra in some of the blaxplotation films of the 70s, her mother who was involved in the Tulsa Race Riot and her daughter who became a filmmaker Hard to put down and a great story about the power of family and the movies. It really doesn t get any better than Martha Southgate I loved The Fall of Rome can t even come up with a word to describe how muchI love Third Girl from the Left This is my favorite novel by Martha Southgate One of the many things I like about Ms Southgate s work generally is that it often surprises me It brings a gravitas and diversity to its subjects and characters that is subtle and I don t see coming a mile away That was never truer than in this wonderful book Third Girl from the Left is the story of women three of them, all of them black and American These women are family They are in each other s lives for better or worse so they love and treat each other accordingly Their stories are told in three parts each character a focal point of view in that section It begins with Angela, at a time when she is on the brink of leaving her home in Tulsa, OK for Hollywood to become an actress in the height of Blaxploitation films Angela is beautiful, strong willed, bewildering, messy, and wildly self centered Basically, she s fascinating I identified with this section perhapsthan other sections of the book because I grew up in this era So, it was also here that I laughed out loud the most and could see everything happen the most vividly Ms Southgate does a great job of weaving real people and real popular culture into the story in ways that are often imaginary, but totally credible Mildred, Angela s mother, dominates the second section of the book and offers, for me, the most poignant moments in this story Mildred,than even her daughter is a woman oppressed by the weight of the times in which she lives Born at the early part of the 20th century, Mildred sees too much at an early age and buries it Yet, she is so bound to that trauma throughout her life that it effects every relationship she has especially the one she has with her family Tamara, Angela s daughter and Mildred s granddaughter, is revealed in the third section offering us the most contemporary character of the book and perhaps the most difficult to know Part of that I suspect is because Tamara is young when we first meet her and as she grows it is increasingly obvious she knows and understands little about the people she loves who are closest to her Her often obstructed and tentative approach to discovery was heartbreaking and consequentlythan the other women in the story it was Tamara I wanted to know and hearabout Crossing my fingers that the book gets pick up for a TV series so that wish might become a reality.In case you re wondering there are many men in the body of this work all of them were haunting and extremely interesting in their own right, but this was a woman s story and I was grateful and moved by that perspective throughout This was an easy read because the characters were richly drawn, the time periods and story etched with reality, and there were often poetic gems in the prose I highly recommend it as well as all of Southgate s work It never disappoints. I read this book while listening to the dirtbomb s dangerous magical noise, which was a transporting experience I dug this book alot Even though there are some weaknesses, the strengths were enough to win me over Southgate has an ability to capture some of the essential moments in black women s lives and make them feel totally real This capacity alone took the book very far I also think her other great strength was her accurate descriptions of sex and desire When she would describe her characters feelings and thoughts before, during and after sex, I knew what she was talking about not Wilt Chamberlin though I feel like it s a skill to make those scenes not clunky or stiff but fluid and recognizable to readers as something we ve all experienced SO those things were awesome along with the historical stuff on Tulsa, LA in the 70 s and Jacob Lawrence who is one of my heroes But I had trouble with the 3rd person omniscient narrator When it was just Angela, it was great I could even handle a couple of the other characters, but when she would switch into the men s heads and then skip over to someone else and then back to the female characters, it just took me out of it I feel like it would of been stronger to keep it to the 3 central figures I also felt like the writing kind of fell apart in the last section, that the meat was really the Angela section and I don t know how to remedy that but it made me miss that writing, even when I was still reading the book Overall though, I thought Southgate did a great job I am always so happy when someone writes about the lives of black women, especially with the kind of detail and care that Southgate uses. I read this for a book club it s probably not something that I would have picked up on my own, to be honest, but I m glad it was a book club selection.It had mixed reviews in book club not enough difference in voice, not enough connection between reader and narrator but I loved the character arc that spanned not one character, but three Mildred has dreams but no real hope of realising them to achieve her dreams, Angela must turn her back on everything she knows Tamara, although she still has the odds stacked against her, has hopes of realising her dreams and taking her career further than her mother or her grandmother.The writing runs the gamut from forced to evocative, but overall the book felt like a slice out of a life, or rather a set of lives, that I ll never be able to fully understand.Lastly I can only thank the author for this gem Angela frowned What s a dyke Sheila stretched A dyke is a big, mannish woman who hates men and only sleeps with other big, mannish women Not like us We just do it for fun She looked at Angela intently Wanna do it againpage 44