Home to Harlem by Claude McKay

This novel tells the story of Jake Brown, a World War I deserter who returns to Harlem, and his love affair with a cabaret dancer named Felice. Jake's journey, which takes him from seedy bars to affluent white neighborhoods, paints a vivid picture of Harlem's vibrant and diverse culture during the Harlem Renaissance. The narrative also explores the lives of other characters in the community, providing a rich and complex portrait of black life in 1920s New York.

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