TKE is proud to join Books & Books (Miami, FL), the Miami Book Fair and independent bookshops around the country to present Pulitzer prize-winning and NYT bestselling author Colson Whitehead for a virtual discussion of his book, Harlem Shuffle: A Novel. Whitehead will be in conversation with journalist Adam Serwer.
This virtual, ticketed event will take place on Zoom and you must purchase a ticket on Eventbrite here to participate. Your $27 ticket includes access to the Zoom event, a paperback copy of Harlem Shuffle, sales tax and shipping and handling. Books will be shipped after the event. We can only ship within the U.S.
About the book:
Few people know he descends from a line of uptown hoods and crooks, and that his façade of normalcy has more than a few cracks in it. Cracks that are getting bigger all the time.
Cash is tight, especially with all those installment-plan sofas, so if his cousin Freddie occasionally drops off the odd ring or necklace, Ray doesn't ask where it comes from. He knows a discreet jeweler downtown who doesn't ask questions, either.
Then Freddie falls in with a crew who plan to rob the Hotel Theresa—the "Waldorf of Harlem"—and volunteers Ray's services as the fence. The heist doesn't go as planned; they rarely do. Now Ray has a new clientele, one made up of shady cops, vicious local gangsters, two-bit pornographers, and other assorted Harlem lowlifes.
Thus begins the internal tussle between Ray the striver and Ray the crook. As Ray navigates this double life, he begins to see who actually pulls the strings in Harlem. Can Ray avoid getting killed, save his cousin, and grab his share of the big score, all while maintaining his reputation as the go-to source for all your quality home furniture needs?
Harlem Shuffle's ingenious story plays out in a beautifully recreated New York City of the early 1960s. It's a family saga masquerading as a crime novel, a hilarious morality play, a social novel about race and power, and ultimately a love letter to Harlem.