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Ann Petry Was More Than ‘The First Black Female Novelist’ To Sell A Million Copies

The novelist Tayari Jones was right that she’s ‘book club gold’

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Journalists typically describe Ann Petry as the first black woman to write a book that sold more than a million copies, the 1946 novel The Street. But Petry was…

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Janice Harayda

Janice Harayda

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Critic, novelist, award-winning journalist. Former book columnist for Glamour and book editor of The Plain Dealer.