As much a historical document as it is a novel, this 1946 winner of the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship is the poignant and unblinkingly honest ...Show synopsisAs much a historical document as it is a novel, this 1946 winner of the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship is the poignant and unblinkingly honest story of a young black woman's struggle to live and raise her son by herself amid the violence, poverty, and racial dissonance of Harlem in the late 1940s.Hide synopsis
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This is one of the best books I've ever read. Petry is certainly on the continuum of great African American woman writers, like Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrsion. What makes The Street so compelling and relevant is the urban setting the characters inhabit. This is the story of Lutie, a working single mother trying to make a better life for her son. She finds the struggle for economic independence near impossible. Petry maintains reader engagement through vivid description of the environment and complex portrayals of characters. Just when you are ready to pin the blame on someone, Petry subverts this instinct by revealing ever more nuanced characterizations. Must-read! Must!
Harlem of the 1940's has usuallly been presented as a gay and festive era, historically. Ann Petry has, with great artisic talent, put before her readers a view which dwelves deeper into the social dynamics of the residents of Harlem.
The book tells stories of the residents in a community and their attempts for survival.
That is not frequently revealed by the contemporary media regarding Harlem at that time.
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