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THE STREET

Introduction by Tayari Jones

by Petry, Ann

Originally published in 1946, The Street follows Lutie Johnson, a newly single mother whose efforts to claim a share of the American Dream for herself and her young son meet frustration at every turn in 1940s Harlem. Opening a fresh perspective on the realities and challenges of black, female, working-class life, The Street became the first novel by an African American woman to sell more than a million copies.

Last fall, novelist Tayari Jones, author of the bestseller An American Marriage, published an appreciation of this novel in the New York Times in which she says: 

“Petry is the writer we have been waiting for; hers are the stories we need to fully illuminate the questions of our moment, while also offering a page-turning good time. Ann Petry, the woman, had it all, and so does her insightful, prescient and unputdownable prose.” 

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