Halsey Street by Naima Coster

Halsey Street

A modern-day story of family, loss, and renewal, Halsey Street captures the deeply human need to belong—not only to a place but to one another.Penelope Grand has scrapped her failed career as an artist in Pittsburgh and moved back to Brooklyn to keep an eye on her ailing father. She’s accepted that her future won’t be what she’d dreamed, but now, as gentrification has completely reshaped her old neighborhood, even her past is unrecognizab...


Details Halsey Street

TitleHalsey Street
Author
Release DateJan 1st, 2018
PublisherAmazon Digital Services LLC
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Cultural, African American, Literary Fiction
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Reviews Halsey Street

  • Diane S ☔
    2018-03-07
    3.5 The oftentimes complicated relationship between mother and daughter is fully explored in this wonderful novel, that takes us from Brooklyn, New York to the Dominican Republic. This is not a quick read, the pace is rather slow in fact, but it covers the gentrification of a neighborhood, the disintegration of a marriage, and of a daughter who may wait too long to reconcile with her mother. What made this a special read for me is that I could pi...
  • Cynthia
    2017-05-21
    In the end, I wanted to shake both Penelope and Mirella hard, and then pull them into a hug. Both beautifully flawed, complex, and dynamic characters. I'm still gathering my thoughts on this one, but I can't wait for everyone to read this come January.-----Full review 12/23: Looking back, it is fitting that I binge-read Halsey Street the same weekend that I binge-watched She's Gotta Have It, the Spike Lee-directed television series based on his f...
  • Christina Kline
    2018-06-04
    In this lovely novel, Naima Coster captures, with depth and nuance, the yearnings, ambivalence, and insecurities of a woman on the brink of adulthood. In the process of healing old wounds, Penelope Grand must mend complex fractures in relationships with her estranged mother in the Dominican Republic and her father in Brooklyn. An exceptional debut that limns the perils and hard-won pleasures of connection.
  • Vivian
    2017-01-05
    From my editor's letter:If you are bilingual like I am, you know that your brain can work on two parallel paths simultaneously. Both paths tell the same story but in a different way. It’s no coincidence that I was thinking about this experience while devouring Naima Coster’s debut novel, Halsey Street. The main character, Penelope Grand, flits between parallel worlds—her mother’s in the Dominican Republic and her father’s of jazz and re...
  • BookOfCinz
    2018-03-06
    I wanted to love this book. I wanted to let everyone know how amazing this book was. I wanted to sing praises about this book but it just fell flat. I felt the book was slow, the character development was limited and I generally just lost interest 30% in. Hasley Street is told from the perspective of Penelope, a failed artist who is currently living in Bed-stuy and seeing all the gentrification taking place. She is trying to find her footing in a...
  • Janani
    2018-01-02
    4.5First published at The Shrinkette. Thanks so much to Netgalley and Little A Books for providing me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Plot: Penelope Grand is a young black failing artist who moves back home from Pittsburg to take care of her ailing father, Ralph. Her old neighborhood has been gentrified and taken over by affluent white people, and her mother Mirella left them to return to the Dominican Republic. So when Penny moves int...
  • Valerie
    2017-12-02
    Halsey Street wasn't a book I loved from the beginning, but rather, a story that caught my attention about 1/3 of the way through. It's about so many things which may have been the source of my initial feelings about it. However, what finally pulled me in is Naima Coster's masterful decision to mix past and present perspectives as the story progressed. (view spoiler)[It wasn't until reading glimpses from Mirella's point of view that the everythin...
  • Gabrielle
    2017-12-15
    3.75 stars. Halsey Street had all of the elements that I love in a good novel: a woman of color navigating the world, complicated family dynamics (especially mother/daughter relationships), and multiple character perspectives, but still something was missing. Each of the main characters were deeply flawed which is not a bad thing, but they each remained selfish and unchanged throughout the story. The structure of the book was a bit disorienting t...
  • Dominique
    2018-04-21
    It was great reading about Brooklyn and the setting is so familiar that I somehow felt connected to the characters. Connected enough that they all left me feeling annoyed and depressed. The protagonist Penelope is incredibly lonely, and so that's my starting point to understanding her behavior and choices. There's an avoidable mistake in here that I still can't wrap my mind around what purpose it serves for the characters involved because it hone...
  • Gabriella
    2018-01-03
    Naima Coster’s debut novel centers around a family in Bed-Stuy and the Dominican Republic, whose members know loss as well as their backyards, and have learned to hold nothing sacred because of it. The POV characters, Penelope Grand and her estranged mother Mirella, are especially skeptical—of marriage, of hometown nostalgia, and even of maternity. I enjoyed reading Halsey Street right after Another Brooklyn, since they're both reflections of...
  • Stacy
    2018-01-03
    Review coming soon.
  • Yasmin Silva
    2017-12-03
    Wow... 12 hours..couldnt put it down.A book has never done this to me.. I'm from Williamsburg.. Born in Park Slope and moved here when i was 3.. This book had a heartbeat. The cover and title drew me in.. In tears.. Superb.
  • Evette
    2017-12-12
    “Halsey Street” is the first book I’ve read about Black families since “The Turner House,” and it was worth it.
  • Joel Nygard
    2017-12-12
    I tried, and then I tried some more to slog thru this book's main characters' unhappiness and selfishness because I was sure there would be growth and reconciliation ..eventually. 68% through I gave up, and I never give up on a book. I love reading immensely. I couldn't relate to the characters. I couldn't understand how they were supposed to be strong, good women when they were so petty, immature and selfish and antisocial, yet so stupidly depen...
  • Mell
    2017-12-23
    I'd rate this 2.5 stars. The book isn't terrible, but the combined effects of the writing's very slow pace and the awfulness of the characters' actions to one another made the story feel like a chore. This was Kindle First read.The author accurately captures the sometimes tedium of everyday life and family obligations. And I enjoyed reading about the Dominican Republic, Brooklyn, and the controversies of gentrification. Some readers are gushing a...
  • Britta Böhler
    2017-12-01
    Bloated writing and the story is filled with too many stereotypical female (and male) characters. Pity.
  • Kate Klassa
    2017-11-02
    Halsey Street is an unflinching look into broken family relationships and the reality of gentrification. Set in the rapidly "progressing" Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn, Halsey Street follows Penelope, a failed artist, as she returns home to care for her estranged father after he falls ill. As she attempts to find stability in her return to her old neighborhood and in her landlord's family, her life is upended again after receiving a postcard from her moth...
  • Afoma Umesi
    2017-12-26
    Halsey Street is a strong debut novel that will cause you to ponder about family, motherhood and what community really means. Although it might ruffle feathers especially on the topic of gentrification, Halsey Street is compelling, necessary and thought provoking. Full review at http://www.afomaumesi.com/2018/01/01/...
  • Faith Bee
    2017-11-13
    As I closed the last pages to Halsey Street i find myself in tears, looking around at my own stark roomfilled with boxes I'm not sure I'll unpack as I don't know my next move. Halsey Street is a reminder that however close to thirty I am, I don't have to be done. I can be a work of art, I can be imperfect,the art will come, even after we’ve given up on it.That line stuck out to me:“She didn’t know how long he would remain patient with her, ...
  • Nia Forrester
    2018-01-18
    So amazing. Listened to this one on Audible, which I think may have only enhanced the experience (can't minimize the importance of a good narrator). More of a review to come, but this was a memorable book. I'm so excited that this author seems to have only just begun. I hope she's actively working on another novel.
  • Jan
    2018-07-13
    Promising debut dealing with a young woman and her fraught relationship with her mother. Great settings in the Dominican Republic and a gentrifying Brooklyn, but I found the character of Penelope really problematic.
  • Naeemah Huggins
    2018-02-05
    I'd been circling this book for a while. My reading tastes change by the year. Reviews today can be so negative or ambiguous and I didn't want to invest time in another book that I wouldn't finish but from the time I started playing it, it took me 1.5 days to listen to 12 hours.This book was different to me, gritty, real, palpable and real life. I felt like a voyeur into Penelope's life and struggles. They were wonderfully complex and intricate a...
  • Renita D'Silva
    2018-02-14
    A poignant story of homecoming and secrets and family bonds.
  • Kim
    2018-01-16
    Some books simply speak to you. That was the case for me with Halsey Street by Naima Coster. Penelope's story of leaving Pittsburgh and returning home to Brooklyn to keep an eye on her father, whose health has deteriorated almost as much as their family home on Halsey Street. The Brooklyn Penelope returns to is undergoing gentrification. All the old businesses, including the record shop her father owned, have disappeared, as have many of the neig...
  • clm
    2017-12-04
    I don't like these peopleThe writing is excellent. The references to gentrification, art school, Dominicans in NYC, etc. are all well explored. However, except for a child and a bartender, this is a cast of the most (both quantity and quality) self-centered people I have ever encountered in a novel, and they don't make much progress toward redemption.
  • Sara
    2017-12-25
    This is not a feel-good book to read on Christmas but here I was, unable to put it down.One might say that it does have a suitable theme however - the glacially slow dissolving of lifelong defenses, born of misunderstanding AND understanding within a family of three. We see Bed-Stuy - or a part of it - in Brooklyn change from being a neighborhood of black and brown people to being a gentrified place with white couples moving in who are yet unwill...
  • Cynthia Marie
    2018-07-22
    A beautifully written novel that gets 5 stars especially because of my love for Black women and our stories told lovingly and carefully by Black women. The narrative felt familiar and relatable. And the Jazz references, oh the Jazz!
  • Melissa
    2018-06-30
    I honestly only chose this book because the title is my family name, but I’m glad I stumbled across it. I’ve read a lot of negative reviews because of the main character not being “likable.” Who cares? You’re not going to like everybody but they still have stories to tell. She was very “real” and I think the author portrayed her flaws perfectly. She grew up as an only child to flawed parents and her personality was exactly what it w...
  • Leslie Lindsay
    2018-01-12
    A gorgeous narrative from debut author, Naima Coster, about gentrification, Brooklyn, complex family relationships, and ultimately, home. I adored HALSEY STREET. It was one of those books that I wasn't quite sure about at first because maybe, I thought, I wouldn't relate. I don't know much about Brooklyn brownstones and I'm not a visual artist, and no...I'm not black. But HALSEY STREET pulled me in and absolutely gobsmacked me.The writing is oh-s...