The Blacker The Berry…
by Wallace Thurman
Publication Date: Feb 02, 1996
List Price: $15.99 (store prices may vary)
Page Count: 221
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation
Emma Lou Brown’s dark complexion is a source of sorrow and humiliation — not only to herself, but to her lighter-skinned family and friends and to the white community of Boise, Idaho, her home-town. As a young woman, Emma travels to New York’s Harlem, hoping to find a safe haven in the Black Mecca of the 1920s. Wallace Thurman re-creates this legendary time and place in rich detail, describing Emma’s visits to nightclubs and dance halls and house-rent parties, her sex life and her catastrophic love affairs, her dreams and her disillusions — and the momentous decision she makes in order to survive.
A lost classic of Black American literature, The Blacker the Berry…is a compelling portrait of the destructive depth of racial bias in this country. A new introduction by Shirlee Taylor Haizlip, author of The Sweeter the Juice, highlights the timelessness of the issues of race and skin color in America.