Originally published in 1931, GOD SENDS SUNDAY was inspired by Arna Bontemps's great-uncle Buddy, whose down-home folk spirit animates this racy story of Little Augie, an irrepressible black jockey of the romantic 1890s. As a frail, undersized youngster, Little Augie leaves his grown sister's home and with luck and charm rises to fame and fortune on the Mississippi River racetrack circuit. But sudden wealth and hopeless rivalry for a beautiful woman change Little Augie's character and set him on a path of self-destruction.

God Sends Sunday 2005, Washington Square Press, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780743268912

Original edition

Trade paperback

God Sends Sunday, 1972, AMS Press, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780404001377