The sights, sounds, and smells of Harlem in the 40s come vividly to life in this tale of unending woe. Lutie wants a better life for her young son Bub and makes decisions she hopes will lead to prosperity and an escape from their horrible lives in Harlem. Petry's writing sucks the reader in, wanting this strong, smart woman to succeed but things just seem to go from bad to worse. The writing is powerful and I kept pulling for Lutie and hoping for something good to happen for her.
Sub genres and intrest descriptors I'd assign for this are:
historical (contemporary when written but will appeal to readers who like authentic depictions of the past)