Home to Harlem

The immensely likeable Jake - charismatic and loved by women especially - is homesick for Harlem.

He's deserted the U.S. army after not being allowed to fight because of the colour of his skin. When Jake finds his dream girl first night back in town he's soaring, yet circumstances conspire which prevent him from being able to return to her. Uncensored, unapologetic, Home to Harlem celebrates Harlem lower-class life of the 1920's. Prepare to immerse yourself in the nightlife and escapades of the characters.

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  1. McKay is worth your time
    /leslie o bolden

    After reading an issue of Black Issues Book Review, I decided to give this book a try. It is a great story and perfectly relays all the nuances and moods that are New York. The main character meets a prostitute named Felice his first night in Harlem and his quest for her begins there. Try this one out; you will enjoy

  2. Really enjoyed this one!

    This was a great peak into 1920’s Harlem. Kinda the black-man’s version of an F. Scott Fitzgerald story. I loved the exploration of the Harlem clubs and cabarets, as well as the depiction of working on a passenger train during this time period. While there are a lot of song lyrics in the novel, I really didn’t recognize any, yet had a great soundtrack going on in my head while reading this. The style this novel was written in really reminded me of Nora Neale Hurston’s, “Their Eyes Where Watching God,” as the narrator speaks perfect English and the characters all of their own dialect. This was easier to read than “Their Eyes . . . “ yet the vocabulary was a challenge due to all of the lost “jazz” words. Really enjoyed this one!