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This stunning first novel by the author of The Wedding is one of only a handful of novels published by Black women during the 1940s. It tells the story of Cleo Judson—daughter of southern sharecroppers and wife of "Black Banana King" Bart Judson. Cleo seeks to recreate her original family by urging her sisters and their children to live with her, while rearing her daughter to be a member of Boston's black elite.


Dorothy West (1907-1998) shared the coveted Opportunity short-story prize with Zora Neale Hurston in 1927 and later moved to New York, where she became the youngest of the writers associated with the Harlem Renaissance. West founded and edited the influential African American literary magazine the Challenge and New Challenge. Also the author of The Wedding and The Richer, The Poorer, she lived on Martha's Vineyard until her death.


  • Item Weight: 1.08 pounds
  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1558611479
  • ISBN-13: 9781558611474
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY; Reprint Edition (July 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
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