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Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick

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From ‘one of the greatest writers of our time’ (Toni Morrison) – the author of Their Eyes Were Watching God and Barracoon – a collection of remarkable short stories from the Harlem RenaissanceWith a foreword by Tayari Jones, author of An American MarriageFrom ‘one of the greatest writers of our time’ (Toni Morrison) – the author of Their Eyes Were Watching God and Barracoon – a collection of remarkable short stories from the Harlem RenaissanceWith a foreword by Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage‘Genius’ Alice Walker‘Rigorous, convincing, dazzling’ Zadie Smith on Their Eyes Were Watching GodIn 1925, college student Zora Neale Hurston – the sole black student at Barnard College, New York – was living in the city, ‘desperately striving for a toe-hold on the world.’During this period, she began writing short works that captured the zeitgeist of African American life and transformed her into one of the central figures of the Harlem Renaissance. Nearly a century later, this singular talent is recognised as one of the most influential and revered American artists of the modern period.Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick is an outstanding collection of stories about love and migration, gender and class, racism and sexism that proudly reflect African American folk culture. Brought together for the first time in one volume, they include eight of Hurston’s ‘lost’ Harlem stories, which were found in forgotten periodicals and archives.These stories challenge conceptions of Hurston as an author of rural fiction and include gems that flash with her biting, satiric humour, as well as more serious tales reflective of the cultural currents of Hurston’s world. All are timeless classics that enrich our understanding and appreciation of this exceptional writer’s voice and her contributions to America’s literary traditions.‘wickedly funny’ THE OBSERVER NEW REVIEW‘Published in one gorgeous volume for the first time … [these] stories are fascinating, harrowing and beautifully written’ Stylist‘this collection reaffirms [Hurston’s] status as a truly visionary writer.’ Vogue UK‘the rediscovery of [Hurston’s] work has been one of the literary joys of recent decades.’ The Financial Times ‘Illuminating’, ‘every day is a good day to read Zora Neale Hurston’s brilliant writing’ REFINERY29‘[A] jewel of the Harlem Renaissance’ New Statesman‘Hitting a Straight Lick With a Crooked Stick … helps illuminate Hurston’s path to iconic status’ ‘Add [Hurston’s] matchless powers of observation, exemplary fidelity to idiomatic speech and irresistible engagement with folklore, and the outcome is a collection of value to more than Hurston completists. Any addition to her awe-inspiring oeuvre should be met with open arms.’ New York Times Book Review‘Fans and scholars of Hurston’s work and the uninitiated alike will find many delights in these complex, thoughtful and wickedly funny portraits of black lives and communities… [this] is a significant testament to the enduring resonance of black women’s writing.’ Washington Post‘Decades on, this new collection is a powerful reminder of [Zora Neale Hurston’s] lasting resonance.’ Time Magazine‘Fluid, polymathic voice; what a class act’ Naoise Dolan, author of Exciting TimesPraise for Barracoon‘A searing reminder of how recently American slavery ended, and the depth of the pain it caused’ The Economist‘A deeply affecting record of an extraordinary life’ Daily Telegraph‘Barracoon and its long path to print is a testament to Zora’s singular vision amid so many competing pressures that continue to put us at war with ourselves’ Huffington PostStories from the Harlem RenaissanceZora Neale Hurston, the author of Their Eyes Were Watching God, was deemed “one of the greatest writers of our time” by Toni Morrison. With the publication of Lies and Other Tall Tales, The Skill Talks Back, and What’s the Hurry, Fox? new generations will be introduced to Hurston’s legacy. She was born in Notasulga, Alabama, in 1891, and died in 1960.Stories from the Harlem Renaissance• Zora is an iconic writer, endorsed by Toni Morrison among many many more and hailed for giving voice to American black history. All these stories are by her, not an anthology, so huge appeal for fans and booksellers looking to expand their offering from writers of colour/already stocking Zora.• A portion of these stories are previously unpublished so various angles around not just the content but also 'found' and unpublished literature.• Genevieve West will provide Introduction and is the editor of the collection. Tayari Jones, the winner of the 2019 Women’s Prize, has contributed a foreword.Competition: Swing Time;Americanah;Long Walk to Freedom;Why the Caged Bird Sings;I am Not Your Negro;Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race;Beloved. Zadie Smith;Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie;Maya Angelou;Nelson Mandela;Malcolm X;Toni Morrison
Publicat de: HarperCollins Publishers

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