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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."

    

Used availability for Alice Childress's A Short Walk

Hardback Editions

October 1979 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Short Walk
Author(s): Alice Childress
ISBN: 0-698-10844-2 / 978-0-698-10844-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Putnam Pub Group
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Paperback Editions

December 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Short Walk (Classic Feminist Writers)
Author(s): Alice Childress
ISBN: 1-55861-532-6 / 978-1-55861-532-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY
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February 1989 : UK Paperback

Title: Short Walk
Author(s): Alice Childress
ISBN: 0-948491-37-X / 978-0-948491-37-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Camden Press
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March 1981 : USA Paperback
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Title: Short Walk
Author(s): Alice Childress
ISBN: 0-380-54239-0 / 978-0-380-54239-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon Books
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1981 : USA Paperback

Title: A Short Walk
Author(s): Alice Childress
ISBN: 0-380-43239-0 / 978-0-380-43239-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon
Availability: Amazon