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The Street by Ann Petry
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Dec 29, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: adult-content
Read in December, 2008

why The Street isn't in the pantheon of classics confounds me. while it's true some of the descriptions drag on, the perspective of the novel is brilliant and illuminating. the story is mostly Lutie Johnson's to tell. but other inhabitants of the city street in Harlem in the 1940s have their turn to tell their story. the story is inspirational in parts as Lutie struggles to get out of her conditions. but mostly it is disheartening as she goes against the endemic racism that prohibits her from succeeding. the book is a direct precursor to the novel The Women of Brewster Place and the film Bush Mama. beautiful storytelling that frames both struggle and tragedy.
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