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What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day

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Modern Footsteps
What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, by Pearl Cleage, is a novel about Ava Johnson’s personal battles dealing with what life has dealt her; being a successful black woman, with HIV. Ava’s life is transformed when she discovers that her glitzy Atlanta lifestyle can no longer continue. She is forces to close her hair salon because of the fear of the public towards her. Her plan was vague, to stop for the summer at her sister’s, and then find a new life in California. Deciding to leave her Atlanta home and return to her childhood home of Idlewild represents her compete movement in thought and values regarding love, family, and the future. But her “temporary” stay in Idlewild became the longest year of life changing events ever.
Never before have I read a book written with such smart dialog and no-boundaries frankness. Pearl Cleage is not afraid to put every thought of the character, including perceptions of everything from sex to the aroma of a cup of tea. This realistic writing style is needed to address the very modern day dilemmas encountered by a black woman facing the world’s ignorance to the HIV virus. An example of blatant ignorance is when she has the Idlewild pharmacist fill her prescription and held her pills, “like it might explode if he jiggled too hard.” (Cleage 110) Ava’s fears of death put her in a battle with herself about whether she should allow herself to fall in love with Eddie, a family friend she has know...

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how pearl cleage's modern footstepswhat looks like crazy on an ordinary day is a novel about ava johnson’s personal battles dealing with what life has dealt her.
  • Analyzes how pearl cleage's smart dialog and no-boundaries frankness address the modern day dilemmas faced by a black woman facing the world’s ignorance to hiv.
  • Analyzes how ava could always sense her illness, but realized she wasn't going to be around for much of imani's life. this person vs.
  • Analyzes how ava let go of her inhibitions, fear of death, and love, but after aids and a dependent baby, nothing was ordinary anymore.
  • Analyzes how modern literature depicts these times of change and lack of norms. technology can not save us from social epidemics like the hiv virus.
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