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Chapters 1–5

In this "remix" of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Zuri Benitez grapples with the effects of gentrification — and with her complicated feelings toward Darius Darcy — when the wealthy Darcy family moves into her Brooklyn neighborhood.

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  1. internship
    the position of working for an expert to learn a profession
    My big sister, Janae, is coming home from her first year of college, after finishing up a school internship, and she'll be spending the rest of her summer break with me.
  2. blare
    make a loud noise
    Sometimes I would rather hear the sound of roaring buses, zooming cars, and blaring music over my sisters’ constant cackling—and Mama’s too.
  3. cackle
    talk or utter in a loudly laughing manner
    Sometimes I would rather hear the sound of roaring buses, zooming cars, and blaring music over my sisters’ constant cackling—and Mama’s too.
  4. smidgen
    a tiny or scarcely detectable amount
    A smidgen of bright red lipstick only covers her bottom lip, and the blush on her deep-brown cheeks shows she’s making an effort for Papi.
  5. stoop
    small porch or set of steps at the front entrance of a house
    Zuri, sweep the front stoop and the staircase when you get back.
  6. bodega
    small shop selling groceries, especially in a Hispanic area
    The whole block is used to our loud mouths by now, but I wonder what the new neighbors will think when we yell each other's names out from windows, down the block, and even from the corner bodega.
  7. initiate
    set in motion, start an event or prepare the way for
    I'm about to stop Layla from embarrassing herself further when Marisol interrupts her first, ready to initiate one of her business transactions.
  8. advisory
    giving guidance
    “I'm Marisol, but you can call me Money Love Mari, for reasons you will soon understand. Can I interest you in any financial advisory services? It doesn’t look like y’all need any, but things are a little different out here. You might wanna learn how to stretch a million dollars in the hood. I charge by the hour. Small bills, please,” she says, revealing her signature braces and pushing up her glasses.
  9. bawl
    cry loudly
    My sisters bawled their eyes out the day she left for college.
  10. fare
    the sum charged for riding in a public conveyance
    The cab driver honks at us, still waiting for his fare.
  11. pendulum
    an apparatus in which an object is mounted to swing freely
    Her colorful beaded elekes hang long and low from her neck, and they sway from side to side like a pendulum when she walks.
  12. accordion
    a portable box-shaped free-reed instrument
    Mama’s high-pitched laughs and Madrina’s booming words are music— accordions and congas in a merengue or compas band.
  13. superficial
    of little substance or significance
    And when Papi looks up from his food to add his two cents to the conversation, it’s like his words are a tambora adding deep wisdom to all that superficial gossip.
  14. statistic
    a datum that can be represented numerically
    “Yes, you will. And there are two ways to examine the institution of marriage,” Marisol begins, and the whole room sighs because she’s about to spill out a series of facts, numbers, and statistics that all have to do with the thing she loves most in the world: money.
  15. notion
    a vague idea in which some confidence is placed
    “It can mean either that marriage is the false notion that love is forever and a woman is left to depend on her husband for financial support, or that two incomes are better than one. Love is abstract. Money is not.”
  16. abstract
    existing only in the mind
    “It can mean either that marriage is the false notion that love is forever and a woman is left to depend on her husband for financial support, or that two incomes are better than one. Love is abstract. Money is not.”
  17. profess
    state freely
    He stopped playing games with us, and one day he approached Janae with a letter professing his undying love for her.
  18. gape
    be wide open
    All my life, I’ve stared at a gaping hole in the roof, the boarded-up windows, the slow, creeping forest that was starting to suffocate that house.
  19. smirk
    smile affectedly or derisively
    Janae and I glance at each other, and she smirks.
  20. tarp
    a sheet of waterproofed canvas
    There’s a wide blue tarp hidden beneath an old wooden slat on the roof.
  21. slat
    a thin strip of wood or metal
    There’s a wide blue tarp hidden beneath an old wooden slat on the roof.
  22. abroad
    to or in a foreign country
    She pauses and takes in the dead-serious look on my face before responding in her sweet, calm voice. “Honestly, I don’t. I’m applying for some study- abroad programs. I wanna travel, Z. I wanna see the world. Then I can come back.”
  23. thesis
    an unproved statement advanced as a premise in an argument
    “It depends on how you frame it. What's your angle, your thesis statement? What are you trying to say?”
  24. bustle
    move or cause to move energetically or busily
    I can see the dim moon in the distance, the orange-blue sky, and can hear the bustling sounds of Bushwick as they wrap around us, and this roof becomes like a cupped hand holding the two of us up.
  25. mecca
    a place that attracts many visitors
    I’m reading Between the World and Me and thinking about Ta-Nehisi Coates’s mecca, Howard University, and how it’ll be like a whole other country with no outsiders moving in to change things up and throw things away...
  26. tangible
    capable of being perceived
    There needs to be something more tangible, like fair housing opportunities, and access to resources.
  27. accost
    approach and speak to someone aggressively or insistently
    Ainsley goes along with the whole thing as if he's been accosted by thirteen-year-olds before.
  28. furrow
    make or become wrinkled or creased
    I can see from all the way over here that his nose is flared, his lips are turned up, and his brows are furrowed, as if my little sister disgusts him.
  29. sashay
    walk with a lofty proud gait, often to impress others
    “Zuri, you're being ridiculous,” she says, and sashays her round behind and short summer dress across the street.
  30. tender
    having or displaying warmth or affection
    She is tender kissing scenes on TV,
    and then afterward practicing on soft pillows
    at night.
  31. warp
    bend or twist out of shape
    I press the button, and a warped black-and-white version of myself appears on the screen.
  32. sterile
    deficient in originality or creativity
    I look past him and into that sterile house.
  33. humble
    low or inferior in station or quality
    He just stands there looking at me until, finally, he extends his hand as if reluctantly welcoming me to his humble abode.
  34. abode
    housing that someone is living in
    He just stands there looking at me until, finally, he extends his hand as if reluctantly welcoming me to his humble abode.
  35. fixate
    pay attention to exclusively and obsessively
    I’m so fixated on Janae and that TV and the couch and that music and the room that I don’t even notice a light-skinned, straight-haired girl getting all up in my face to hold out her hand.
Created on September 26, 2018 (updated September 26, 2018)

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