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Bulrusher
Bulrusher | Eisa Davis
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Found floating in a basket on the river as an infant, Bulrusher is an orphan with a gift for clairvoyance that makes her feel like a stranger even among the strange. Just when she thinks her world might close in on her, she discovers an entirely new sense of self when a black girl from Alabama comes to town.
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Bulrusher | Eisa Davis
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My favorite part of giving exams (I hate giving exams!) is my students‘ responses to the bonus question. “What was your favorite reading and why?” Two answers stood out to me. 👇

LikelyLibrarian One student said that the play, Bulrusher, was her favorite because, as a black lesbian woman, it was the first time she saw herself reflected in a piece of literature. 👇
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LikelyLibrarian Another said her favorite was the graphic novel, American Born Chinese, because it addresses the unique struggles of first-generation Americans and as a Mexican-American, she could relate. 👇 (edited) 2y
LikelyLibrarian This is why I think it‘s so important to teach multi-cultural, multi-ethnic literature. They aren‘t “just reading stories.” They‘re learning about others, themselves, the world, and their place in it. 2y
wanderinglynn What great responses! 👍🏻👏🏻 2y
LikelyLibrarian @wanderinglynn I know, right? I cried. 😂 2y
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Bulrusher | Eisa Davis
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As the first person to review this text, I had mixed feelings about what I should and shouldn‘t say. I decided to read Bulrusher because a local university is performing it this Spring. The play, first performed in 2007, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and overall, I think it‘s worthy of that attention. (Review continued 👇)

LikelyLibrarian The author‘s use of language, and the almost extinct Boontling dialect, was creative and gives readers/viewers a unique insight into the lives of the people and the interesting effects of regionalism. (edited) 2y
LikelyLibrarian I also think the author created interesting and complex female characters - characters that refused to fit into the typical, archetypal roles designed for women. (edited) 2y
LikelyLibrarian But in a 2018 world, I was disappointed with the way the author dealt with complex themes like sexual identity and family. I think this is a text worthy of time and discussion, but I also think it has the potential to be and do so much more. (edited) 2y
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