Harlem Shuffle: A Novel (Unabridged)

 

Harlem Shuffle: A Novel (Unabridged)

AUDIOBOOK ∙ 2021

Colson Whitehead

Who could fault Colson Whitehead for wanting to take a lighthearted breather after his hard-hitting Pulitzer-winning novels The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys? His entertaining mystery revolves around Ray Carney, the owner of a respectable furniture store who wants more for his growing family. When his no-account cousin Freddie gets mixed up in a hotel heist, Ray discovers he might be pretty good at this illegal business. But, of course, Harlem Shuffle is so much more than a rollicking crime caper—in classic Whitehead style, Ray’s journey from furniture peddler to criminal mastermind is really a story about race, class, family, and ambition. Whitehead immerses us in the sights and sounds of Harlem in the ’60s, and every character reveals unexpected depths. Dion Graham perfectly captures the wit and energy of Whitehead’s style, narrating with the I-got-this ease of a jazz soloist who knows when to lean into the action and when to hang back with nonchalant cool. This is one of Colson Whitehead’s lighter books, but it’s amazingly satisfying.

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