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Blanche Among the Talented Tenth

Neely, Barbara

ISBN 10: 0312112483 / ISBN 13: 9780312112486
Published by St. Martin's, New York, 1994
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Second printing. Inscribed, signed, and dated by the author on the title page: "Mary, / Best wishes, / Barbara Neely / Oct. '94." Book is tight and unmarked; slightly cocked; corners sharp, spine ends unbumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $19.95). Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 002889

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Title: Blanche Among the Talented Tenth

Publisher: St. Martin's, New York

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

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Synopsis:

Blanche White, a black woman out to build a better life for her children, takes her family to an exclusive all-black resort in Maine, learning a great deal about intraracial prejudice, and discovering a dangerous web of secrets. Tour.

From Kirkus Reviews:

Segregation is alive and well at Maine's exclusive Amber Cove seaside resort. But it's segregation between the Insiders--light- skinned African-American professionals like pioneering feminist Mattie Harris, her godson Hank (an MIT history professor), and the nervously proper Tatterson family--and the Outsiders, dark-skinned upstarts like Tina Jackson, the dreadlocked beauty involved with Durant Tatterson, and Blanche White, the caustic domestic who, relocated from North Carolina to Boston, thinks she is taking a vacation from detective work (Blanche on the Lam, 1992). No such luck: Not only was bullying Insider gossip Faith Brown electrocuted in her bathtub the night before Blanche arrived, but Hank has vanished into the Atlantic, leaving behind a note admitting that he killed her. So where's the mystery? In Faith's purse, where Blanche, goaded by an intruder who unwisely thought to discourage her, finds a cache of papers whose nasty secrets make it clear that Faith was a lot more vicious than she looked--and that certain Insiders are protecting much more than their social standing. Even so, tracking down the victims of Faith's treachery makes for a pretty limp mystery that, as in Blanche's debut, takes a back seat to an acerbic portrait of class infighting at its most corrosive. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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