The Street is the story of a young, black, single mom, named Lutie Johnson who is struggling to raise her son, Bub, in the racial dissonance that was Harlem in the late 1940s. In this episode of 75 Reads, we’re covering chapters one through nine. We talk about Lutie’s cheating ex-husband, her sweet eight year old son (who, in our opinion is left alone entirely too often), her job working for a white family in the country, the reason why Lutie and several other characters in the book hate white people and blame them for the harsh circumstances they’re in (for the record, we agree), and we start to set up a situation in the second part of the book that changes the trajectory of Lutie’s and Bub’s lives.
This book is powerful, friends. We can’t wait to share it, and our thoughts, with you. And we can’t wait to hear what you think! Tweet us your thoughts @75reads.