The Living Is Easy by Dorothy West

The novel explores the life of Cleo Judson, a Southern-born African American woman living in early 20th century Boston, who navigates the complexities of race, class, and society as she strives to create a facade of affluence and respectability. Married to a successful businessman, Cleo manipulates those around her to reunite with her estranged sisters and recreate the familial bonds and social standing she longs for. However, her scheming and pursuit of superficial success reveal the deep-seated insecurities and the cost of her ambitions, as she grapples with the true meaning of family and identity amidst the backdrop of the African American upper class.

The 3481st greatest book of all time


Published
1948
Nationality
American
Type
Fiction
Pages
368
Words
Unknown
Original Language
English

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