I finished Negroland. I didn’t really connect with it. I already wrote about a lot of reasons that could be, and here’s one final possibility: some of the characteristics Jefferson identifies in herself– a tendency toward melancholy or depression, self-indulgence, an insistence on impeccability that borders on self-destructive– are characteristics I share. It’s a bit painful to watch another person walk through all that for 240 pages without a tidy Life Lesson at the end.
That’s a Life Lesson in itself, I suppose.