Harlem Summer (Paperback)
|Author: Walter Dean Myers|
|Myers delivers a humorous, action-packed historical novel set during the Harlem Renaissance. OMyers''s humorous coming-of-age story reflects the paradoxically playful yet dangerous atmosphere of the 1920s.O--"Publishers Weekly."|
From the Publisher:
Walter Dean Myers delivers a humorous, action-packed historical novel set during the Harlem Renaissance.
It's 1925 and Mark Purvis is a 16-year-old with a summer to kill. He'd rather jam with his jazz band (they need the practice), but is urged by his parents to get a job. As an assistant at THE CRISIS, a magazine for the "new Negro," Mark rubs shoulders with Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen. He's invited to a party at Alfred Knopf's place. He's making money, but not enough, and when piano player Fats Waller entices him and his buddies to make some fast cash, Mark finds himself crossing the gangster Dutch Schultz.
During the sweltering summer of 1925, 16-year-old Mark Purvis has the experience of a lifetime in New York City as he tries to break into jazz, meets the Harlem Renaissance greats, and works for W.E.B. DuBois's magazine, THE CRISIS. Throw in a bootlegging operation and Mark's enthusiastic nature, and Walter Dean Myers's story comes vividly alive.