The Narrows

The Narrows

by Ann Petry


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Originally published in 1953, The Narrows spins the unforgettable tale of a forbidden love affair between Link Williams, a college-educated twenty-six-year-old black man, and Camilo Sheffield, a wealthy married white woman. Set in the sleepy New England town of Monmouth, Connecticut, and "filled with dramatic force, earthy humor, and tragic intensity" (Boston Globe), this classic novel deftly evokes a divisive era in America's not-so-distant past.

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ISBN-13: 9780758225085
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 11/01/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 3 Months

About the Author

ANN PETRY (1908 –1997) was a reporter, pharmacist, social worker, and community activist. She illuminated the range of black and white experience in her novels, short stories, and other writing. Her book The Street was the first novel by an African American woman to sell more than a million copies.

KEITH CLARK is the author of The Radical Fiction of Ann Petry and Black Manhood in James Baldwin, Ernest J. Gaines, and August Wilson and the editor of Contemporary Black Men’s Fiction and Drama. He is a professor of English and African and African American Studies at George Mason University in Virginia.


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"A novel about racial conflict, The Narrows resists classification....Anne Petri has achieved something as rare as it is commendable."

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. People seem to only recognize the interracial dating as an issue in the book. However, Petry raised other issues. She raised the class issue within the African-American community, the intra-racism, and she took a stab at what family really is. Petry definately created a protest novel because she showed all of the cracks in the Black community, and we all know if the community can not seal its own cracks, it can not attempt to ask others to recognize their own problems.