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The Street Audiobook

The Street: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

As much a historical document as it is a novel, this 1946 winner of the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award is the poignant and unblinkingly honest story of Lutie Johnson, a young black woman, and her spirited struggle to live and raise her son by herself amid the violence, poverty, and racial dissonance of Harlem in the late 1940s.

Originally published in 1946 and hailed by critics as a masterwork, The Street was Ann Petry’s first novel, a beloved best seller with more than a million copies in print. Its haunting tale still resonates today.

Ann Petry (1908-1997) was an American author who became the first African American woman writer with book sales topping a million copies for her novel The Street, which earned her the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship.

©1946 1974 by Ann Petry (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC

What the Critics Say

“A major literary invention…A truly great book.”(Los Angeles Times)

“Overflows with the classic pity and terror of good imaginative writing.”(New York Times)

“A powerful, uncompromising work of social criticism. To this day, few works of fiction have so clearly illuminated the devastating impact of racial injustice.” (Coretta Scott King, American author, activist, and civil rights leader)

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    WOW! Beware, do not lose sight or forget what is most important. What second chance?

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    This book was written in 1945 but could have easily have been about the realities of black life circa 2016. Well written! Sad storyline! VeryWell read and great sound effect!

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    Wonderfully done. I loved this book so much that I read it twice. Surprised ending.

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    "great book"

    i had to read this for an American lit class and do not have a whole lot of time to sit down and read so I downloaded the audio book. the narrator is amazing and so is the story. 5 starts all around

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    "the narrator for this book was excellent."

    the book held my interest because of the narrator and sound. the story was fair as it focused on the main character, a black female, and her son. she had a lot of problems, social, other people, money that in the end overwhelmed her and made her succumb to all the negative forces around her. sad to say her young 8 year old son was the one that really suffered in the end. the book, though, was not as good as the end was sad.

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    The excellent book should be read by young people aground the world I really enjoyed this book.




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    Should be read with Native Son by Richard Wright. Together they give voice to race, gender and class issues in the United States.

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    "Very good story with a sad but realistic ending!"

    This story could be placed in any time setting! I love the narrator. Petry did an amazing job teaching & entertaining me!

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