A Short Walk
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Like Cora James, actress, director, and playwright ALICE CHILDRESS was born in Charleston, South Carolina and lived in Harlem. Her play ""Trouble in Mind"" won an Obie Award. Childress was the first woman to win this award and the first black woman to have a play produced professionally on Broadway.

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A Short Walk

Alice Childress

Afterword by La Vinia Jennings

A Short Walk is a sweeping epic novel, which captures the movement of black Americans from the rural south to the urban north.

Cora James, born to a black woman who has had a love affair with a white man, grows up poor in South Carolina, marries an abusive—albeit, wealthy—preacher, and escapes from him by going north to Harlem. There she earns money dealing cards and performing in a number of traveling vaudeville shows. She survives the Great Depression, and experiences life as a wife, mother, lover, actress, and independent businesswoman. Torn between befriending Filipino and white neighbors, and the view of the Black Nationalist Marcus Garvey movement, Cora survives divisive politics and learns that since "Life is just a short walk from the cradle to the grave . . . it sure behooves us to be kind to one another along the way."

"A stately achievement."

The New York Times Book Review

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