In her first novel in 47 years, Dorothy West, the last surviving member of the Harlem Renaissance, offers an intimate glimpse into the African American upper middle class. Set on bucolic Martha's Vineyard in the 1950s, The Wedding tells the story of life in the Oval, a proud, insular community made up of the best and brightest of the East Coast's black bourgeoisie.
Within this inner circle of "blue-vein society", we witness the prominent Coles family as they gather for the wedding of their loveliest daughter, Shelby, who could have chosen from "a whole area of eligible men of the right colors and the right professions." Instead, she has fallen in love with and is about to be married to Meade Wyler, a white jazz musician from New York. A shock wave breaks over the Oval as its longtime members grapple with the changing face of its community.
With elegant, luminous prose, Dorothy West crowns her literary career by illustrating one family's struggle to break the shackles of race and class.
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"West is a wonderful storyteller, painting vivid and memorable scenes of the life and plight of African Americans from slavery to the fifties. The Wedding is an engrossing tale." (USA Today)
"In The Wedding, West brilliantly portrays the ferocity of class, race, and gender distinctions within family, groups, and generations." (Entertainment Weekly)
"A fascinating and unforgettable tale." (People)
This is an interesting book. But I DO NOT RECOMEND PURCHASING THE AUDIO VERSION. The audio skips SECTIONS AND CHAPTERS. Your better off reading it on your own.
They need to improve this, so that it can be a pleasant experience.
I enjoyed the story was about women black and white. They had heart aches from learning about lust from love. I enjoyed Regina's delivery of the story, I could picture the setting in a lot of the situations. This was a good book club read. I would suggest it to another book club as well as to a friend.
Amazon should notate that NOT ALL OF THE CHAPTERS WERE READ FOR AUDIBLE RECORDING...
I have the hard copy.... I love the story
Amazon should give a refund to all who purchased this book for audible.... There is so much of the story not told.. Chapters skipped. This takes away from the entire experience...
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