Ann Petry

Ann Petry (October 12, 1908 – April 28, 1997) was an American author who became the first African American woman writer with book sales topping a million copies for her novel 'The Street.' She wrote about the struggles and complexities of life in the United States, particularly in the context of race and gender. Her work is known for its insightful portrayal of the African American experience during the 20th century.

Books

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  1. 1. The Street

    The novel is a poignant exploration of the struggles faced by a young African American single mother living in Harlem during the 1940s. It delves into the systemic racism and sexism that constrict her life, as she endeavors to create a better future for her son amidst the poverty, violence, and oppressive social forces of the urban landscape. The narrative follows her tenacious fight against the insurmountable barriers imposed by a society that is indifferent to her dreams and her dignity, painting a vivid portrait of resilience and the human spirit's quest for freedom.

    The 644th Greatest Book of All Time