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From the author of the best-selling novel THE STREET comes a stunning collection of stories that captures a remarkably diverse panorama of African-American experience in the 1950s and 1960s--stories of "a small town pharmacist's family, a New York nightclub drummer, a high school English teacher, a factory worker, a junk dealer, [and] a charmingly perceptive 12-year-old" ( ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Dafina (first published 1989)
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There are those books that seem doomed to be forgotten, and then they go out of print. This unfortunate fate has befallen Ann Petry’s most excellent collection of short stories. Petry’s literary reputation will rest upon her powerful and fine naturalist novel The Street, but Miss Muriel and Other Stories might possibly be her best work. Originally published in 1945, the book features a set of loosely linked stories about African-American characters variously struggling to find and/or maintain co ...more
(FROM JACKET)Ann Petry's gift for tellig details, social insight, and perfectly rendered dialogue shines through in these timeless stories of aspiration, frustration, love, and prejudice in all its guises. Written over a span of Petry's long career, these tales center on a diverse cast of African-American characters-including a precocious twelve-year-old girl, a nightclub musician in New York, and a high school English teacher. The stories capture lives of everyday hardships and casual racism, o ...more
Great. The stories about Wheeling paint great pictures of life as a minority in a small town. And as the stories move toward more urban settings, there are stories that carry the reader from sympathy into empathy. Powerful stuff.
Devastating stories about the devastations of oppression and prejudice. Some are simply heartbreakingly scintillating (i.e., "Like a Winding Sheet"). Petry's stories are like entire novels wrapped up in little packages. Her range of narrative voice--that of child and adult, man and women--is solid.
Ryan Mishap
These are harsh, unforgiving stories that offer little hope. The ugliness has a purpose, but is never leavened, only punched down with bleakness. Makes for a slog of a read that leaves you depressed. Like life for a lot of people she's writing about.
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Insightful if a bit on the depressing side. It painted a reality she saw in her time and created a rich stories on paper and canvas. Some of the stories I loved more than others. It portrayed Blacks in a great light vs. dark light. It was real.
This book has a chock-full of great stories. I enjoyed reading all of them.
Can't wait! Ann Petry is one of my favorite Authors!
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Ann Petry (October 12, 1908 – April 28, 1997) was an American author who became the first black woman writer with book sales topping a million copies for her novel The Street.

The wish to become a professional writer was raised in Ann for the first time in high school when her English teacher read her essay to the class commenting on it with the words: “I honestly believe that you could be a writer
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