We see in this example the racism and ostracism immigrants and blacks are generally treated to, but also how Selina might wish to have more of a developed sense of self than the women whose only concern is money for house “Sometimes the white children on their way to school laughed at their blackness and shouted “nigger,” but the Barbadian women sucked their teeth, dismissing them. Their only though was of the ‘few raw-mout’ pennies’ at the end of the day which would eventually ‘buy house’” (Marshall 11).
By returning to her homeland, Selina is able to resolve many of these issues by reclaiming her heritage, culture and spirit. It is also through this process and journey she is able to define who she by taking a firm assessment of her parents and how she can be like them and how she never will. The major theme is the search for identity, and Marshall insists that Selina journey back through history in order to resolve issues of the past so she can lay the groundwork for her own future. The issues of the past