Hitting A Straight Lick with A Crooked Stick
by Zora Neale Hurston
From ‚Äúone of the greatest writers of our time‚Äù (Toni Morrison)‚Äîthe author of¬†Barracoon¬†and¬†Their Eyes Were Watching God‚Äîa collection of remarkable stories, including eight ‚Äúlost‚Äù Harlem Renaissance tales now available to a wide audience for the first time.
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In 1925, Barnard student Zora Neale Hurston‚Äîthe sole black student at the college‚Äîwas living in New York, ‚Äúdesperately striving for a toe-hold on the world.‚Äù During this period, she began writing short works that captured the zeitgeist of African American life and transformed her into one of the central figures of the Harlem Renaissance. Nearly a century later, this singular talent is recognized as one of the most influential and revered American artists of the modern period.
Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick¬†is an outstanding collection of stories about love and migration, gender and class, racism and sexism that proudly reflect African American folk culture. Brought together for the first time in one volume, they include eight of Hurston‚Äôs ‚Äúlost‚Äù Harlem stories, which were found in forgotten periodicals and archives. These stories challenge conceptions of Hurston as an author of rural fiction and include gems that flash with her biting, satiric humor, as well as more serious tales reflective of the cultural currents of Hurston‚Äôs world. All are timeless classics that enrich our understanding and appreciation of this exceptional writer‚Äôs voice and her contributions to America‚Äôs literary traditions.