What We're Reading Now:
"I can't necessarily say that reading the classic novel Native Son by Richard Wright, changed my life, but it did have a major impact on my thoughts about black men, America, and literature. You see, up until the tenth grade of high school when I was first assigned to read Richard Wright, we had never read a black male author in school before. And I grew up in inner-city Philadelphia where there are thousands of young black men who should be reading black authors much earlier than tenth grade. So the mission now would be to create novels that the black male youth can read, relate to, and be inspired by as early as possible. They may not all become writers like I have, but at least they will know early on that black men do write, will write, and have written."
Omar Tyree, New York Times bestselling and NAACP Image Award winning author of 13 novels
Widely acclaimed as one of the finest books ever written on race and class divisions in America, this powerful novel reflects the forces of poverty, injustice, and hopelessness that continue to shape society.
- ISBN-13: 9780060837563
- ISBN-10: 006083756X
- Publisher: Harper Perennial
- Publish Date: August 2005
- Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds
- Page Count: 544