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Strivers Row

by Kevin Baker

Strivers Row
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2006
    560 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Summer, 1943. Harlem is a never-ending carnival. Yet underneath the glitter, Harlem's black residents remain second-class citizens. Along these restless streets, two very different young men cross paths. Their chance encounter will change both their lives and presages the coming battle for civil rights. Malcolm Little is a street hustler, a numbers runner and pot dealer; a naive, cocky, troubled teenager fresh off the train, dazzled by everything around him -- and not yet the iconic civil rights leader, Malcolm X, that he will become. The Reverend Jonah Dove is the minister of one of Harlem's greatest churches and a resident of Strivers Row, one of the community's most elite neighborhoods.

Strivers Row completes the "City of Fire" trilogy begun with Dreamland and Paradise Alley.

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"Starred Review. When these tensions do reach the breaking point, Baker lends the resulting fray a visceral reality." - PW.

"Starred Review" - Booklist.

" As with Baker's previous titles, here fictional and historical characters rub elbows, and the true protagonist is New York City itself..." - Library Journal.

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