The Narrows

A Novel
Northwestern University Press
  • erschienen am 30. Juli 2017
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 472 Seiten
978-0-8101-3551-2 (ISBN)
Link Williams is a handsome and brilliant Dartmouth graduate who tends bar for a lack of better opportunities for an African American man in a staid mid-century Connecticut town. The routine of Link's life is interrupted when he intervenes to save a woman from a late-night attack. When they enter a bar together after the incident, "Camilo" discovers that her rescuer is African American and he that she is a wealthy, married, white woman who's crossed the town's racial divide to relieve her life's tedium. Thus brought together by chance, Link and Camilo draw each other into furtive encounters against the rigid and uncompromising social codes of their town and times.

Petry peoples the novel with a cast of characters written in mesmerizing detail-Weak Knees, Al the Nazi, and the female undertaker F.K. Jackson. As The Narrows sweeps ahead to its shattering denouement, Petry shines a harsh yet richly truthful light on the deforming harm that race and class wreak on human lives. In a fascinating introduction to this new edition, Keith Clark discusses the powerful prescience with which Petry chronicled the enduring ways tabloid journalism, smug elitism, and mob mentality distort and demonize African American men.
  • Englisch
  • Evanston
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  • USA
  • Höhe: 228 mm
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  • Breite: 151 mm
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  • Dicke: 32 mm
  • 625 gr
978-0-8101-3551-2 (9780810135512)
0810135515 (0810135515)
ANN PETRY (1908-1997) was a reporter, pharmacist, social worker, and community activist. She illuminated the range of black and white experience in her novels, short stories, and other writing. Her book The Street was the first novel by an African American woman to sell more than a million copies.

KEITH CLARK is the author of The Radical Fiction of Ann Petry and Black Manhood in James Baldwin, Ernest J. Gaines, and August Wilson and the editor of Contemporary Black Men's Fiction and Drama. He is an associate professor of English and African American studies at George Mason University in Virginia.
"Petry's novels are unique for their time, and brilliant expositions in the intricacies of their literary, political, philosophical, and social implications. Written in a period when deliberate black feminist fiction and black feminist interpretations of fiction were ideas whose time had not yet come, they were revolutionary." - Nellie Y. McKay "Before the Bottom, before Brewster Place, there was the Narrows (also called the 'Eye of the Needle, The Bottom, Little Harlem, Dark Town, Niggertown). Before China, one of the whores in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, there was China the whore who lived in the Narrows. Before Alice Walker's sexy blues singer Sugg Avery, there was Mamie Powther the busty, sensual, blues-singing woman desired by all the men of the Narrows and beyond. And before Milkman Dead, the middle-class protagonist of Morrison's Song of Soloman was Link Williams, the Robesonesque lead character of Ann Petry's final novel, The Narrows." -Farah Jasmine Griffin, Columbia University

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