Wednesday, December 1, 2021

#60: Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

A furniture dealer kind of trying to go straight, and his cousin who is not trying as hard, get into a variety of scrapes in late 50s-early 60s Harlem in Colson Whitehead's Harlem Shuffle.

The cousins first get involved in a hotel robbery, where they steal something from a crime lord by mistake; then, later, the furniture dealer gets an elaborate revenge after a snub; and then in a melancholy coda the cousin gets afoul of a powerful New York family.

Whitehead is a literary writer whose books can loosely slip into various genres, from crime to science fiction to fantasy.  This one is an good read, with interesting characters and sense of place and time, and would be enjoyable by fans of literary fiction or crime fiction.

Dion Graham is one of my favorite audiobook narrators, and he did another great job here.  I checked it out from the New Castle-Henry County Public Library in New Castle, Indiana and finished it quickly.

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