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The Narrows

(1953)
A novel by

 
 
Link Williams is a handsome and brilliant Dartmouth graduate who tends bar due to the lack of better opportunities for an African American man in a staid mid-century Connecticut town. The routine of Link's life is interrupted when he intervenes to save a woman from a late-night attack. Drinking in a bar together after the incident, "Camilo" discovers that her rescuer is African American and he learns that she is white. Unbeknownst to him, "Camilo" (actually Camilla Treadway Sheffield) is a wealthy married woman who has crossed the town's racial divide to relieve the tedium of her life. Thus brought together by chance, Link and Camilla draw each other into furtive encounters that violate the rigid and uncompromising social codes of their own town and times.

As The Narrows sweeps ahead to its shattering denouement, Petry shines a harsh yet richly truthful light on the deforming harm that race and class wreak on human lives. In a fascinating introduction to this new edition, Keith Clark discusses the prescience with which Petry chronicled the ways tabloid journalism, smug elitism, and mob mentality distort and demonize African American men.

Genre: Urban Fiction

Used availability for Ann Petry's The Narrows

Hardback Editions

June 1973 : USA Hardback
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Title: Narrows
Author(s): Ann Lane Petry
ISBN: 0-911860-28-2 / 978-0-911860-28-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chatham Bookseller
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Paperback Editions

November 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Narrows (Virago Modern Classics)
Author(s): Ann Petry
ISBN: 0-349-01340-3 / 978-0-349-01340-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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July 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Narrows: A Novel
Author(s): Ann Petry
ISBN: 0-8101-3551-5 / 978-0-8101-3551-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
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November 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Narrows
Author(s): Ann Petry
ISBN: 0-7582-2508-3 / 978-0-7582-2508-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dafina
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September 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Narrows: A Novel
Author(s): Ann Petry
ISBN: 0-618-00710-5 / 978-0-618-00710-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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February 1988 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Narrows
Author(s): Ann Petry
ISBN: 0-8070-8303-8 / 978-0-8070-8303-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Beacon Pr
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Audio Editions

November 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Narrows: Virago Modern Classics
Author(s): Ann Petry
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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November 2021 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Narrows: Virago Modern Classics
Author(s): Ann Petry
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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November 2021 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Narrows: Virago Modern Classics
Author(s): Ann Petry
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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May 2021 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Narrows: A Novel
Author(s): Ann Petry
ISBN: 1-71362-092-8 / 978-1-71362-092-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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March 2021 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Narrows: A Novel
Author(s): Ann Petry
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

January 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Narrows (Virago Modern Classics Book 798)
Author(s): Ann Petry
Publisher: Virago
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July 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Narrows: A Novel
Author(s): Ann Petry
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
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