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Harlem Shuffle

by Colson Whitehead

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Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
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    Sep 2021, 336 pages

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Jennifer Hon Khalaf
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Pulitzer Prize winner Colson Whitehead presents an action-packed heist novel with powerful insight into the shifting social attitudes about race during the Civil Rights Era.

Colson Whitehead is known for revealing hidden worlds of bald and gritty violence, many times presented in a seemingly sanitized and pleasing package, which falls away to reveal a withering indictment of underlying social and racial ills. Harlem Shuffle is no exception to the rule, presented in a triptych of Hollywood-ready heists and colorful characters and set against the backdrop of Harlem near the end of the Civil Rights Era. We're lulled by the traditional tropes of gangster heists, complete with a full caper crew and surprising twists and turns, only to be faced with the sobering revelation that the true danger was never the guy waiting around the corner to clock you across the face, but rather the ever-present cold and insidious reality of racial privilege and power underlying the foundations of New York City.

Each heist takes place at a different time during the end of the ...

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