The first time I read Black Girl in Paris, the protagonist Eden captured my heart by the third page with the following passage:
That passage instantly placed me into Eden’s shoes. Just like her, I had dreams of my travels to far away lands as a little girl; at 18 years old I was desperately seeking my own identity; and I, too, often thought that I was walking alone on a nonexistent path - never believing that someone could ever relate to my hopes, dreams, doubts, and vulnerabilities.
Therefore I walked with Eden through her journey. The rest of the novel, which reads like poetry at times, both captures and fuels my soul. This novel is a beautiful piece of art that inspires you to live life, follow your passion, be more open, and discover who you want to be.
As I read for the first time in a couple years, I realize that while I continue to walk in Eden's shoes, it's with a different mentality. I don't know how to articulate it yet. To say the least, I long more than ever to be a "free woman with free thoughts." So for the next few days, I will be rereading my favorite passages over and over again, reflecting on how I feel, and writing out my thoughts.
Stay tuned for this literary journey.