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Rosellen Brown resides in Chicago Illinois and is the author of five novels Before and After 1992 Civil Wars 1984 Tender Mercies 1978 The Autobiography of my Mother 1976 and Half a Heart 2000 Brown was the recipient of an award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and has received numerous other awards My reaction to Rosellen Brown as a speaker centered on her intriguing personality She portrayed no superiority for having such an extensively read book and at times she came across as extremely humble I think that she took a modest approach because of the sensitivity related to Half a Heart Rosellen Brown does not have a biracial daughter in real life and I wondered were she pulled her inspiration for portraying the character of Ronnee I learned from her speech that she and her husband both taught at a predominately black school for many years Thus she was submerged into the lives of a variety of African Americans This allowed her to gain insight into their lives and perspectives I respected that Rosellen Brown openly stated that she may have fallen short of portraying the mind of a biracial daughter who has been mother less for 17 years However as an African American female who had dealt with different biracial problems I felt that she did an excellent job of conveying a teens mind in Ronnees situation Rosellen Brown stated in the beginning of her speech that this book was about change As someone who has read the book I fully agreed that this was the impression that came across in the text In conclusion I pulled from her speech that she believes change comes from insight into others lives in comparison to ones own just as Ronnee and Miriam were being to change
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