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The unexpected discovery in 2009 of a completed manuscript of Claude McKay’s final novel was celebrated as one of the most significant literary events in recent years. Building on the already extraordinary legacy of McKay’s life and work, this colorful, dramatic novel centers on the efforts by Harlem intelligentsia to organize support for the liberation of fascist-controlled Ethiopia, a crucial but largely forgotten event in American history.
At once a penetrating satire of political machinations in Depression-era Harlem and a far-reaching story of global intrigue and romance, Amiable with Big Teeth plunges into the concerns, anxieties, hopes, and dreams of African Americans at a moment of crisis for the soul of Harlem—and America.
“McKay…has long been considered one of the great authors of the Harlem Renaissance…Amiable with Big Teeth lives up to McKay’s reputation.”
“Amiable with Big Teeth is nothing short of a master key into a world where the intersection of race and global revolutionary politics plays out in the lives of characters who are as dynamic and fully realized as the novel itself…fascinating and timely.”
“McKay introduces intriguing characters and brings readers into enticing situations…Smart, daring, and brimming with arresting insights.”
“A sweeping satire of clashing ideologies and ambitions…Engaging and well-paced.”
“This is a major discovery. It dramatically expands the canon of novels written by Harlem Renaissance writers.”
Henry Louis Gates Jr.
“McKay is always interesting and always heartbreaking, he is so original and desperate and brave.”