Magic City


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$16.99  $15.80
Harper Perennial
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5.4 X 8.1 X 1.1 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of several books, including Sugar, winner of the Jane Adams Peace Association book award, and Ninth Ward, which was named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, a Notable Book for a Global Society, and a Today Show Al's Book Club for Kids selection. She has also written many award-winning books for adults.


A compelling page-turner that will keep readers hoping against hope that everything will somehow, magically, turn out for the best.--Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A mystical tale, full of exciting and moving novel...plunging through complex ideas and relationships without neglecting any of them.--San Francisco Chronicle
Jewell Parker Rhodes's characters hover. They dance and sing and cry and whisper secrets in your ear.--Emerge
"Jewell Parker Rhodes's Magic City takes an ugly chapter of American history and turns it into a human tale of vulnerable people with imperfect motives and skewed vision, people who interact in dire ways with monumental consequences.... I could not, would not put this book down, not even after its last searing sentence."--Julianne Malveaux, author of Sex, Lies, and Stereotypes
"Magic City is a victory against amnesia. One will remember Tulsa, 1921! This book captures the literary magic of a woman who is fast becoming a bright and shining star. Not even Houdini could create more wonder."--E. Ethelbert Miller, editor of In Search of Color Everywhere: A Collection of African-American Poetry
"With precise detail and fully drawn characters, Jewell Parker Rhodes has created a novel that brings us closer to the truth about our country and ourselves. These are the truths we should be seeking. This is the place to find them."--Susan Straight, author of I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots and The Gettin Place
"As in Voodoo Dreams, Rhodes calls upon her talent for summoning up the literary device called magical realism."--Mesa Tribune
"Magic City is one of those fine novels that one reads not because right makes might, because good does not triumph, but the book is read because we need to remind ourselves of the sad failure to safely, thoroughly, integrate America's human community."--Flagstaff Review
"In Magic City, Jewell Parker Rhodes has made a tragic American story come vividly to life and has made these people--black and white and red, rich and poor, educated and illiterate--all achingly human. Rhodes must be commended for bringing such an important story front and center, and for making it as instructive and as moving as it is horrific."--Randall Kenan, author of Let the Dead Bury Their Dead and A Visitation of Spirits
"A combination of history, mystical happenings and murder makes this a thrilling read."--Newton [Massachusetts] Tab
"We've seen Jewell Parker Rhodes use magic before to explore the meanings of, and urge drama from, history, and her approach here to the evocative and outrageous events of 1921 shows us that magic can cut two ways. Rhodes writes about our common human plight with a powerful dramatist's voice; she has created with Magic City a clear open window on a rueful day."--Ron Carlson, author of Plan B for the Middle Class