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Nonfiction Author and Legal Scholar Makes Debut as Novelist - 9/17/2019


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“An enlightening and engaging portrayal of the Harlem Renaissance’s stratified society, in which African Americans’ money and education counted for everything within but little outside … Holloway’s gifted storytelling makes her, and Weldon Thomas, a pair worth watching.” —Booklist.


It turns out that Karla FC Holloway is the embodiment of the adage “Age is just a number.” At 55, she earned a master’s degree in law from Duke Law School and has devoted her career to gender and cultural studies and the ethics of vulnerability in law and medicine. The author of eight nonfiction books, the James B. Duke Professor Emerita of English and Law at Duke University has also been an advocate for those facing death and end-of-life issues.

Now, Holloway makes her debut as a novelist with A Death in Harlem. With Holloway’s rich, suspenseful passages and unforgettable characters, one realizes early into the mystery that they will experience more than a simple whodunnit.

Set against the vibrant backdrop of the Jazz Age, A Death in Harlem is replete with history, deception, glamour, and murder. The character at the heart of the story is Weldon Haynie Thomas, Harlem’s first black policeman, who is tasked with unraveling the circumstances surrounding the untimely death of a young woman and its relationship to members of Harlem’s beau monde, its secret societies, its working-class and a shadowy man with power and privilege whose interests in Harlem hold the key to the mysterious death. Inspired by the setting and denouement of Passing, Nella Larsen’s 1929 bestselling novel, Holloway, presents an enthralling and enduring novel.

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