Paul's Corner: Maud and Martha by Gwendolyn Brooks
In 1953 Gwendolyn Brooks wrote her only novel, a minimalist collection of vignettes, character sketches, and brief narratives. Third World Press has kept it in print. It can be read and loved in a day. Chicago in the 1940s, African-American lives, racism, light-skinned vs dark-skinned African Americans. A beautiful, nearly perfect novel. Laughs and tears.