james baldwin sang his high praises in the introduction. that’s all we really need to know, right?
here’s an example of how early women must learn the fine line between compassion and martyrdom:
“That Sukie. We were best friends but she picked a fight whenever she felt evil, which was often, and if she said she was going to beat the shit out of me, that’s just what she would do.” (14)
“I went to bed and didn’t even bother to pull the couch away from the wall, I was that happy. Let the bedbugs bite. Everybody, even those blood-sucking bugs, had to have something sometime.” (71)