A Short Walk (Paperback)
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A Short Walk is a sweeping epic novel, which captures the movement of black Americans from the rural south to the urban north. Cora James, born to a black woman who has had a love affair with a white man, grows up poor in South Carolina, marries an abusive--albeit, wealthy--preacher, and escapes from him by going north to Harlem. There she earns money dealing cards and performing in a number of traveling vaudeville shows. She survives the Great Depression, and experiences life as a wife, mother, lover, actress, and independent businesswoman. Torn between befriending Filipino and white neighbors, and the view of the Black Nationalist Marcus Garvey movement, Cora survives divisive politics and learns that since "Life is just a short walk from the cradle to the grave... it sure behooves us to be kind to one another along the way.
About the Author
An actress, director and playwright, Alice Childress (1920-1994) was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and raised in Harlem. Her play Trouble in Mind won an Obie Award for the best original off-Broadway production. Her controversal young adult novel, A Hero Ain't Nothing but a Sandwich, was published in 1973 to national critical acclaim.