Review: The Street

The Street by Ann Petry

The Street is a text that’s been dogging my steps this semester; obviously, it’s reading for this class, but a classmate of mine in my senior thesis class is doing an utterly amazing project comparing, essentially, The Street with The Help. The Help, as a phenomenon, utterly passed me by; I had little interest in reading it, and the discussion surrounding the film adaptation and its treatment of black women turned me off completely. I can’t speak to the quality of the book, but yet another text with a white savior doesn’t exactly appeal to me. So The Street started representing the truth behind The Help to me.

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