I found this book entitled, THE STREET, by Ann Petry via Huffington Post’s Black Voices Reader’s Choice: 20 Black Books to Read in 2012. I had no idea that Ann Petry existed. I feel like I need to read a book by an African American author daily. I will be purchasing this book this month. I hope that I can find an original copy with this book cover. I am in love with it and it definitely vintage!
In the novel The Street the author, Ann Petry, shows her readers just how are life can be on the streets of Harlem. Petry challenges her readers to put themselves in the shoes of the main character, Lutie Johnson. Johnson is an African American woman who is also a single mother. Lutie tries her best to provide the best life she can for her and her son, Bub, while also facing all of the challenges that life throws her way. Lutie not only experiences racism in the novel, but also discrimination and sexism. In order to provide the life that she wants for herself and for Bub, Lutie must make some very vital decisions.
The twists and turns that Lutie experiences not only effects her, but also Bub. The novel takes the reader through all the hard work and steps that Lutie must make and go through to better her and her son’s life. Nothing can prepare the reader for the sexism, discrimination, and hard work that Lutie must go through. It is shocking to read a novel that is so open to all the hatred and anger in the world of both African Americans and of Caucasians in the 1940s.
Racial dynamics co-mingle with economic imperatives and sexual impulses in the text, creating a chaotic struggle in which the power vested in acts of looking and watching seems the only constant (Hicks).The novel is a powerful read and even when the reader thinks that Lutie has everything all figured out, she hits another bump in the road.
The novel will not only keep a reader in suspense as to what will happen next, but it also makes a person think about how life would be in another persons shoes. The entire novel will keep the reader in suspense as to what happens next and the ending will shock and amaze you. (Source: http://workingwomen.wikispaces.com/The+Street)