Paperback: 409 pages
Publisher: Blue Nile Press; first edition (May 31, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
Reviewed by Emanuel Carpenter
At first glance, one might think that “Wimbey's Corner” is a story about a big and black country bumpkin' named Wayne Hunter who moves from a small town in Kentucky to the big bad city of Chicago and gets in way over his head when he gets involved with a pimp known as Light. Though he may have had an incident in Kentucky that will live with him for the rest of his life, nothing won't be as life-altering as his transformation to big city life and the big city world of pimps, hoes, and danger. Yes, it's about that but more.
As one reads further, one may think the book is about the history and present times of a strange and wonderful community of Negroes in Evanston, Illinois in the 1940s, called Wimbey's Corner. Strange because it is a microcosm of blacks living amongst a community of white millionaires. Wonderful because the community is unlike the mean streets of Chicago. Neighbors look after each other and protect one another's secrets. Blacks speak properly. And an education at the finest schools is possible. It is about that too.
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