By MILDRED EUROPA TAYLOR via https://face2faceafrica.com
Her 1946 novel The Street was one of the first to address the experiences of black women in terms of race, gender and class.
Ann Petry’s ground-breaking novel, which was highly praised around the world, would also become the first book by an African-American woman to sell over a million copies.
The Street presented a powerful portrait of the daily life of residents of Harlem in the 1940s, particularly, the effects of bitter racism and sexism on an African-American mother as she tries to offer a better life for herself and her son.
“In ‘The Street’ my aim is to show how simply and easily the environment can change the course of a …