The Wedding: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 30, 2009 - Fiction - 256 pages
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In her final novel, Dorothy West offers an intimate glimpse into African American middle class.  Set on bucolic Martha's Vineyard in the 1950s, The Wedding tells the story of life in the Oval, a proud, insular community made up of the best and brightest of the East Coast's black bourgeoisie.  Within this inner circle of "blue-vein society," we witness the prominent Coles family gather for the wedding of the loveliest daughter, Shelby, who could have chosen from "a whole area of eligible men of the right colors and the right professions." Instead, she has fallen in love with and is about to be married to Meade Wyler, a white jazz musician from New York. A shock wave breaks over the Oval as its longtime members grapple with the changing face of its community.

With elegant, luminous prose, Dorothy West crowns her literary career by illustrating one family's struggle to break the shackles of race and class.

 

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User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

What a fascinating look at the Black professional class and the snobbery of color and class. Which group is less forgiving - the white Southerners longing for their pre-Civil War "home," or the middle ... Read full review

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I think it is an important book because it gives insight to Black America's psychological view of itself before the Civil Rights Act. I read the book about 10 years ago and was somewhat disturbed by ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
17
Section 3
28
Section 4
38
Section 5
50
Section 6
56
Section 7
102
Section 8
114
Section 10
152
Section 11
180
Section 12
192
Section 13
198
Section 14
203
Section 15
217
Section 16
230
Copyright

Section 9
135

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About the author (2009)

Dorothy West founded the Harlem Renaissance literary magazine Challenge in 1934, and New Challenge in 1937, with Richard Wright as her associate editor. She was a welfare investigator and WPA relief worker in Harlem during the Depression.  Her first novel, The Living Is Easy, appeared in 1948 and remains in print.  Her second novel, The Wedding, was a national bestseller and literary landmark when published in the winter of 1995.  A collection of her stories and autobiographical essays, The Richer, The Poorer, appeared during the summer of 1995.  She died in August 1998, at the age of 91.


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