The Yellow House

The Yellow House

In 1961, Sarah M. Broom's mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. It was the height of the Space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plant--the postwar optimism seemed assured. Widowed, Ivory Mae remarried Sarah's father Simon Broom; their combined family would eventually number twelve children. But after Simon died, six months after Sarah's birth, the Yellow House would become Ivory Mae's thirteenth and most unruly child.

A book of great ambition, Sarah M. Broom's The Yellow House tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America's most mythologized cities. This is the story of a mother's struggle against a house's entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina. The Yellow House expands the map of New Orleans to include the stories of its lesser known natives, guided deftly by one of its native daughters, to demonstrate how enduring drives of clan, pride, and familial love resist and defy erasure. Located in the gap between the "Big Easy" of tourist guides and the New Orleans in which Broom was raised, The Yellow House is a brilliant memoir of place, class, race, the seeping rot of inequality, and the internalized shame that often follows. It is a transformative, deeply moving story from an unparalleled new voice of startling clarity, authority, and power.

Title:The Yellow House
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780802125088
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    The Yellow House Reviews

  • Brina

    Happy Thanksgiving to all my Goodreads friends. Each year to mark this distinctly American holiday I attempt to read a book that is American in scope. Over the course of 2019 I have read a number of m...

  • Michael

    In her debut, The Yellow House, Sarah Broom insightfully examines the history of New Orleans East, the city’s predominantly Black, working-class suburb, through the lens of her family’s fraught at...

  • Libby

    ‘The Yellow House’ by Sarah M. Broom is an absorbing debut that is both memoir and commentary about her New Orleans East family in a pre and post-Hurricane Katrina world. Broom’s writing style i...

  • D.  St. Germain

    Now that this book has won the National Book Award and been named one of the ten best books of 2019 by the New York Times, hopefully it will find a bigger readership / get some additional attention (i...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Ivory Mae bought her first and only house in New Orleans - NOLA- east in 1961. She had twelve children:Simon Jr., Deborah, Valerie, Eddie, Michael, Darryl, Carl, Karen, Troy, Byron, Lynette, and Sarah...

  • Wyndy

    Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction, this is Sarah Monique (“Mo”) Broom’s poignant account of her large New Orleanian family and the house that contained and defined all fourte...

  • Diane Barnes

    The Yellow House is:The story of a house and it's eventual demise.The story of the family that lived in that house.The story of Hurricane Katrina.The story of New Orleans. What it is and what it isn't...

  • Kathleen

    National Book Award for Nonfiction 2019. Who are we? How did we become the person we are? Broom’s powerful memoir explores the many influences that formed her identity. Born in 1979, she was the you...

  • Regina Lemoine

    2.5 stars. The devil, as they say, is in the details and so many of the small details in Broom's book are factually inaccurate that it drove this New Orleans native to distraction, repeatedly pulling ...

  • Obsidian

    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.Well cutting to the chase I really didn't like this one. I was all ready to fall in love with a nonfiction ...