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About the Author
Ann Petry was the acclaimed author of the adult novel The Street, a groundbreaking literary work about life in Harlem, which sold over a million copies. She also wrote several books for young readers, including Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad, the story of the courageous and heroic woman who struggled and fought for her people before and during the Civil War.
-- Tayari Jones, New York Times Book Review "A major literary invention . . . A truly great book."
--The Los Angeles Times "Overflows with the classic pity and terror of good imaginative writing."
--The New York Times "A powerful, uncompromising work of social criticism. To this day, few works of fiction have so clearly illuminated the devastating impact of racial injustice."
--Coretta Scott King "A classic of American realism . . . The Street rushes toward its fatalistic climax like a train toward a washed-out bridge."