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Sarah Phillips
Andrea Lee ; Valerie Smith, fwd.



Northeastern Library of Black Literature

Northeastern University Press
1993 • 144 pp. 5 1/4 x 8 1/4"
Literary Criticism - American / African-American Studies / African-American Fiction

$19.95 Paperback, 978-1-55553-158-4

Not for sale in the British Commonwealth


"Andrea Lee's authority as a writer comes of an unstinting honesty and a style at once simple and yet luminous." —Susan Richards Shreve, New York Times Book Review

This novel, in the words of its title character, is set in "the hermetic world of the old-fashioned black bourgeoisie--a group largely unknown to other Americans, which has carried on with cautious pomp for years in eastern cities and suburbs, using its considerable funds to attempt poignant imitations of high society, acting with genuine gallantry in the struggle for civil rights, and finally producing a generation of children educated in newly integrated schools and impatient to escape the outworn rituals of their parents."