Ann Petry’s 1946 novel, The Street, presents the story of a single mother struggling to raise her young son and avoid the dangerous influences surrounding their Harlem apartment. The following quotes from The Street illustrate the raw energy and engrossing storytelling of the novel that make it feel fresh and engaging for the contemporary reader.
The Street was the first novel by an African-American woman author to sell over a million copies, and in total, sold more than a million and a half.
The story centers on Lutie Johnson, who copes with racism, sexual harassment, violence, and class divisions in World War II-era New York City. Lutie loves the wisdom of founding father Benjamin Franklin, and believes that if she follows his principles of thrift and hard work, that she can aspire to the American dream. Read More→