Harlem Shuffle

by Colson Whitehead

£16.99

Reserve a copy

×

Reserve a copy

Reserve a copy of Harlem Shuffle for collection at the Marlow Bookshop. If you provide your email address below, we will contact you when this item is ready for collection. For delivery by post add the address to the order notes and we will be in touch to arrange payment.


    Fiction

    Hardback

    9780708899441

    Published September 2021

    Ray Carney was only slightly bent when it came to being crooked…’

    To his customers and neighbors on 125th street, Carney is an upstanding salesman of reasonably-priced furniture, making a life for himself and his family. He and his wife Elizabeth are expecting their second child, and if her parents on Striver’s Row don’t approve of him or their cramped apartment across from the subway tracks, it’s still home.

    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 and bigger all the time.

    See, cash is tight, especially with all those instalment plan sofas, so if his cousin Freddie occasionally drops off the odd ring or necklace at the furniture store, Ray doesn’t see the need to ask where it comes from. He knows a discreet jeweller downtown who also doesn’t ask questions.

    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, after all. Now Ray has to cater to a new clientele, one made up of shady cops on the take, vicious minions of the local crime lord, and numerous other Harlem lowlifes.

    Thus begins the internal tussle between Ray the striver and Ray the crook. As Ray navigates this double life, he starts to see the truth about 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 is driven by an ingeniously intricate plot that plays out in a beautifully recreated Harlem 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.

    Voyeur by Francesca Reece | 9781472272218

    Voyeur

    Francesca Reece

    £9.99

    A Bookshop in Algiers by Kaouther Adimi | 9781788164702

    A Bookshop in Algiers

    Kaouther Adimi

    £8.99

    A Three Dog Problem by S. J. Bennett | 9781838774844

    A Three Dog Problem

    S. J. Bennett

    £8.99

    All The Lovers In The Night by Mieko Kawakami | 9781509898268

    All The Lovers In The Night

    Mieko Kawakami

    £14.99

    Bad Actors by Mick Herron | 9781529378702

    Bad Actors

    Mick Herron

    £18.99

    The Dance Tree by Karen Millwood Hargrave | 9781529005219

    The Dance Tree

    Karen Millwood Hargrave

    £14.99