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God Sends Sunday
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 w ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Washington Square Press
(first published December 31st 1972)
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I didn't read this under the most auspicious of circumstances, so my affection for it may be exaggerated by the degree to which it took me out of myself during a painful time in my life. On the other hand, I'm very much interested in the fiction of the Harlem Rennaissance regardless of plaudit, and this was a sharply-observed, if painfully conventional, little novel in the Ferber mold of richly drawn historical backdrops to clumsy melodramatic characterizations. It's shortness and some of the la ...more
A classic from one of the earlier published African American authors, and fascinating for that. A very quick read with a loose plot that the writing and subject doesn't quite redeem (which would lead more to three stars), but loads of dialect and snippets of old blues (even more fascinating). It's an almost charming lackadaisical account of the world right after emancipation, a rather grim and terrifying world of simplicity and avarice and deep poverty and racetrack wealth. Beating your woman is ...more