The Street (Paperback)

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This is one of my favorite books and I recommend it to anyone I come across or anyone who asks for a recommendation for a great book. Ann Petry writes straightforward and honestly in this novel. In a nutshell, it is about a young black woman who is abandoned by the father of her child and left to rear a young black boy in the streets of Harlem in the 1940s. It also incorporates ideas of the supernatural and hoodoo, which perfectly ties into her almost completely independent struggle to handle such a challenging task. Explore the pages of this classic and enjoy all its wonder!

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THE STREET tells the poignant, often heartbreaking story of Lutie Johnson, a young black woman, and her spirited struggle to raise her son amid the violence, poverty, and racial dissonance of Harlem in the late 1940s. Originally published in 1946 and hailed by critics as a masterwork, The Street was Ann Petry's first novel, a beloved bestseller with more than a million copies in print. Its haunting tale still resonates today.

Praise For…

"A major literary invention . . . A truly great book." The Los Angeles Times

"Overflows with the classic pity and terror of good imaginative writing." The New York Times

"A powerful, uncompromising work of social criticism. To this day, few works of fiction have so clearly illuminated the devastating impact of racial injustice." -- Coretta Scott King

"A classic of American realism . . . The Street rushes toward its fatalistic climax like a train toward a washed-out bridge." Newsday

Product Details
ISBN: 9780395901496
ISBN-10: 0395901499
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: March 15th, 1998
Pages: 448
Language: English