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The Street

By: Ann Petry
Narrated by: Danielle Deadwyler
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The classic urban tale of a young Black woman's struggle to raise her son alone amid the violence, poverty, and racial dissonance of 1940s Harlem.

©1946, 1974 Ann Petry (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great Literature at Its Best!

This books is so well written and it keeps you wanting to listen to more. I loved the story line, the climax and the characters.

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racial dissonance and a male chovanistic society

I don't understand why this book was frowned upon. This book shows the reality not only back then in 1940 but now. Lutie Johnson, a single mother trying to survive and provide for her son, Bub, in Harlem New York. Not having the funds nor experience needed, she does what she has to do to make ends meet. The Super, Leary, a woman abuser, manipulator, thief, crook or whatever else recruited Bub while Lutie was at work. Bub being naive, he ended up getting arrested and thrown in a juvenile center. All because Lutie wouldn't give him a chance,hmmmm men and their fragile egos. Meanwhile the women get labeled whores, sluts, and etc. Race, poverty,male chovanistic society, social status, single mothers, bullying are all highlights in this book. #Book33of2021 #BookLover #bookworm #whatsnext

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Loved it!

What a ride! Such a stellar and heartbreaking book. It's quickly become one of my all time favorites!

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My New Favorite Book

I can't put into words how much I enjoyed this book. From the 1st chapter my interest was peeked and I was invested in the characters. The narrator did an excellent job in bringing the characters and story to life. Each time I listened it felt as though I was right there with Ludie Johnson. The ending left me saying "wait that's it, this is how it ends!" This is a book that will keep you engaged from start to finish and leave you wanting more!

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Loved, loved, loved it

I found Ms. Petry and I know I was at a literary loss before. WONDERFUL.

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an important book! read it!

insightful portrayal of toxic intersection of racism and sexism in WWII era Harlem. evocative writing about physical and psychological landscape of a neighborhood.

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The street

Absolutely fascinating and sucks you into the story so deeply. This version truly makes you feel immersed

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This Story Haunts Me

So amazing to indulge in a story that stays with you after you've finished the last chapter. Petry feels like a contemporary author. Her work was ahead of it's time.

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Beautifully Written and Narrated Book

Sad and haunting account of a young woman trying to pull herself out of poverty, while for every step she moved forward, she was beaten 10 steps back. I will think of this story for a long time.
The author was a genius and the narrator was outstanding.

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I didn’t like the ending.

The book is well written. The narrator was excellent I love her voice which made you want to keep listening. I wish the story had ended differently. I was a bit disappointed.