The Hit (Paperback)

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"Well-plotted, extremely perceptive." -- Kirkus Reviews

In Harlem of the 1950s, the age-old dream of sudden wealth centers on the numbers game. Hubert Cooley, an avid gambler, would do anything to get enough money to place a bet. For him, the possibility of a "hit" represents the solution to everything that's wrong with his life and the chance to escape from his demeaning job as a superintendent, from the pressures of family life, and from Harlem itself.
This compelling novel traces a day in the life of Hubert and his family, from its ordinary start to its increasingly dramatic episodes of conflict, violence, and disillusionment. Author Julian Mayfield was a distinguished interpreter of the black experience in fiction, journalism, theater, and cinema. His vivid and compassionate tale of ghetto life portrays not only its pitfalls but also the redemptive possibilities to be found in self-knowledge and the recognition of human truths.

About the Author

Julian Mayfield (1928-84) was an American actor, director, writer, lecturer, and civil rights activist. His many books and plays Include the novels The Long Night and The Grand Parade. Mayfield also starred in and co-authored the screenplay for Jules Dassin's 1968 movie, Uptight.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780486837529
ISBN-10: 0486837521
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication Date: February 12th, 2020
Pages: 160
Language: English