Title: Country Place
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 1947
Edition: 1st Edition.
Boston. 1947. Houghton Mifflin. 1st American Edition. Previous Owner’s Name & Address Penned In front, Otherwise Very Good In Worn Dustjacket. 266 pages. hardcover. Cover: Paul Sample. keywords: Literature Black America Women. inventory # 38213. FROM THE PUBLISHER - African American novelist Ann Petry drew on her personal experiences of the New England Hurricane of 1938 in her 1947 novel, COUNTRY PLACE. Although the novel is set in the immediate aftermath of World War II, Petry identified the 1938 storm as the source for the storm that is at the center of her narrative of gossip, malice, infidelity and murder amongst whites in a small town in America that reveals the ‘hidden evil and menace under the bland, innocent externals of a town's life. A dramatic story about a group of New Englanders whose commonplace exterior covers many tensions. We see the small, sleepy town through the eyes of the local druggist, an elderly, kindly man who owns the respect and confidence of his neighbors. The action takes place during a hurricane, and as the storm progresses the novel unfolds the violence beneath the surface of the storm, a violence composed of ordinary characters in all too ordinary situations.’ (Laura Z. Hobson). Second novel by the author of THE STREET. Previous Owner’s Name & Address Penned In front, Otherwise Very Good In Worn Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 38213
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