An American-Caribbean Island-Style Story.
Although there were thousands of people
in Central Park, Essie felt as if the fireworks display was being performed
just for her. It was as if it was her first birthday, and she was being reborn
in the United States. This was both her birthday party and her welcome party,
and all the other people were just there to share in her celebration.
fireworks represented everything that Mrs. Essie Brown believed in, including the
right to freedom and the right to a better life. She now had a brand new life
and a clean slate in the United States. The sky was the limit, as far as she
night, Mrs. Essie Brown saw more than fancy high-tech lights and fireworks. She
saw what it meant to be an American. It meant the God-given right to be—to be
left alone, to be loved, to be one’s true self, to be free, to be treated
fairly, to be respected, to be strong, to be proud, and most of all, to be all
that one could be.
Mrs. Essie Brown looked around her and saw how the kids were having fun and how
the grown-ups were gracefully celebrating a great country that stood up and
fought for what it believed in, it brought tears to her eyes. Whenever Mrs.
Essie Brown got very happy, she cried tears of joy. (page 214, para. 2)
of the LAMB
Luke A. M. Brown
kids was her survival tool," writes Luke A. M. Brown and Berthalicia
Fonseca-Brown of Essie,… It is a story of love and family, and it is quite
nicely, if not artfully, told. The prose is simple and easy to follow.
From its opening pages set in the late 1930s
Jamaica to its later pages set in present-day New York City, The Non-Silence of the
LAMB (the acronym represents Luke Brown’s initials) seeks to not only chronicle but also explain
the journey of the poor farm girl who eventually becomes Essie Brown, matriarch of an extended
family that grows to include her eight children,..
At the very
least, they have crafted a pleasant, often sweet, and always entertaining novel
about an unusual, dynamic woman and the family she built.