First UK edition of Ann Petry's classic Harlem novel
First UK edition, first printing hardback in dustwrapper. Bound in the original cloth with super printed line drawing to upper board. 19 × 12.5cm, 312pp.
As much a historical document as it is a novel, this 1946 winner of the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship is the poignant and unblinkingly honest story of a young black woman's struggle to live and raise her son by herself amid the violence, poverty, and racial dissonance of Harlem in the late 1940s.
The book itself is in very good condition, with a very slight lean to the spine. The attractive dustwrapper is tanned with chips and creases to the edges but has not been price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve.
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