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Within Our Gates

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The story is indebted to Jane Austen's Persuasion and explores love and loss in a small black community in Brooklyn, New York during the 1900s. At age nineteen, Augusta Mae Johnson fell deeply in love with a handsome young jazz pianist Paul Wentworth. However, the Southern gentleman had neither fortune nor connections to recommend him, and Augusta was persuaded to break off their engagement by her aunt. What happens when they meet again eight years later when Mr Wentworth returns from Paris, a rich and celebrated musician? Set in the 1900s in the closed world of the black bourgeoisie in Brooklyn, New York, Within Our Gates tells the love story of two people set apart by class and money. A study of the lives and loves of three sisters, Within Our Gates is a satire of vanity, pretension and colour prejudice, revealing the clash between the generations as love in the community is hidden, lost, misunderstood, revealed and rekindled in the face of overwhelming odds and adversity.

Fiction & PoetryHistorical Fiction Publisher: Troubador Publishing Publication Date: 28/02/2016 ISBN-13: 9781784624668  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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J. A. Williams is a regular contributor to black history month in England. She has given talks and put together a photographic exhibition of African American women in film from 1900 to 1959. Originally from Birmingham, the author has contributed short stories and articles for publication in the region's magazines.

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