Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead – Our Review
I was so excited to read this book, I’m a huge fan of Colson Whitehead and as a recognised incredible award-winning author, I know I’m not alone in my praise.
‘Harlem Shuffle’ is set in the 1960s and is narrated by Ray Carney, who is trying hard to stay on the straight and narrow. A well regarded furniture salesman in town, Ray becomes swept up in the underworld at the beckoning of his cousin, Freddie.
Ray, really is a good guy but when he gets caught up in the wrong crowd, he finds himself at the behest of the criminal mastermind. Desperately he strives to live a life that pleases both good and evil as he lives right down the middle.
Broken up into three parts, this is a very cleverly crafted book, it is a lighter read than previous works and reveals a different side to Whitehead.
A witty read that brilliantly juggles the moral struggles that the characters face, while always creating a richness and deepness of revelation in our shared humanity. What we experience, is essentially a masterful crime saga from a Pulitzer Winning author, that will have you entirely engrossed from beginning to end.
Review by Lydia @ Great Escape Books