Reading at the Beach is hosting A-Z Wednesday where bloggers take the time to highlight one book that starts with the letter of the day. This week is the letter W.
I have had The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories by Charles Chestnutt on my shelves for almost twenty years now. It's even still in the original shrink-wrap. I have no excuse for not getting to it. So I'm finally going to read it as my contribution to the Classics Circuit for the Harlem Renaissance next month. I sure hope it's been worth the wait!
Amazon writes the ever unhelpful: Chesnutt writes of the black search for identity in the period between the Civil War and the turn of the century and a customer wrote the only marginally better: I enjoyed all of the stories in this collection, and shared them with my teenagers. They depict with wit, tenderness and irony identity crises of African Americans during and after Reconstruction, and the racism that persisted in both North and South. They read like a mixture of Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe with a touch of Jane Austen. With luck I'll have a more in depth review than this come my date on the tour (Feb. 4).