Listen free for 30 days

Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick

Narrated by: Aunjanue Ellis
Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: History, Americas
4.6 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

From ‘one of the greatest writers of our time’ (Toni Morrison) – the author of Their Eyes Were Watching God and Barracoon - a collection of remarkable short stories from the Harlem Renaissance. With a foreword by Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage.

In 1925, college student Zora Neale Hurston - the sole black student at Barnard College, New York - was living in the city, ‘desperately striving for a toe-hold on the world.’

During this period, she began writing short works that captured the zeitgeist of African American life and transformed her into one of the central figures of the Harlem Renaissance. Nearly a century later, this singular talent is recognised as one of the most influential and revered American artists of the modern period.

Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick is an outstanding collection of stories about love and migration, gender and class, racism and sexism that proudly reflect African American folk culture. Brought together for the first time in one volume, they include eight of Hurston’s ‘lost’ Harlem stories, which were found in forgotten periodicals and archives.

These stories challenge conceptions of Hurston as an author of rural fiction and include gems that flash with her biting, satiric humour, as well as more serious tales reflective of the cultural currents of Hurston’s world. All are timeless classics that enrich our understanding and appreciation of this exceptional writer’s voice and her contributions to America’s literary traditions.

©2019 Zora Neale Hurston (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Genius." (Alice Walker)

"Rigorous, convincing, dazzling." (Zadie Smith on Their Eyes Were Watching God

"Wickedly funny." (The Observer)

What listeners say about Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    5
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    7
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    5
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.