Richard Wright (A)
List Price: $15.99 (Paperback - African American Classic / Race and Class - 2005)
Description: Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Wright's powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America. (544 pgs) Teen Young Adult / Adult
Ashay says, "I added this book to my African American Reading list for Grades 11th and12th. Native Son is an important classic in African American literature written by literary genius, Richard Wright. It is a powerful mind altering story about a poor black family caught up in a violent act in the 1930's and their struggle in a racist and unjust society. It is probably one of the most well read and must read novels of the 20th century. Buy this book for your library today."