The Narrows: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Link Williams is a handsome and brilliant Dartmouth graduate who tends bar due to the lack of better opportunities for an African-American man in a staid mid-century Connecticut town. The routine of Link’s life is interrupted when he intervenes to save a woman from a late-night attack. Drinking in a bar together after the incident, “Camilo” discovers that her rescuer is African American and he learns that she is white. Unbeknownst to him, “Camilo” (actually Camilla Treadway Sheffield) is a wealthy married woman who has crossed the town’s racial divide to relieve the tedium of her life. Thus brought together by chance, Link and Camilla draw each other into furtive encounters that violate the rigid and uncompromising social codes of their own town and times.
As The Narrows sweeps ahead to its shattering denouement, Petry shines a harsh yet richly truthful light on the deforming harm that race and class wreak on human lives. In a fascinating introduction to this new edition, Keith Clark discusses the prescience with which Petry chronicled the ways tabloid journalism, smug elitism, and mob mentality distort and demonize African-American men.
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|Listening Length||22 hours and 6 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||March 19, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #222,872 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2,529 in African American Literature
#7,429 in Classic Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
#30,056 in Black & African American Literature (Books)
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It is a novel filled with amazing, unforgettable characters, many whose presence in the book only take up a few pages of the 430 pages that compromise the book.
It is a book without a conclusion because one is left with many unanswered questions, but whose characters are so well defined that you could come up with countless possibilities of how they will seek revenge.
It is a book that focuses on the racial divide between blacks and whites, the divide between the super rich and the people living on the other side of the river. It is about the destructive nature of tabloid journalism, and the social stereotypes that still exist to this very day.
It is a book I wish never had to end. It is simply brilliant.
However, I find this book to be very difficult to read. It is a slow read and hard to follow.
I don't think that I will be able to continue reading this book.