Amiable with Big Teeth:

A Novel of the Love Affair between the Communists and the Poor Black Sheep of Harlem

  • Edited with an introduction by Jean-Christophe Cloutier and Brent Hayes Edwards
  • Runtime: 10.7 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 3.28.2017
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio
  • Genre: Fiction
  • 10.70 hrs3/28/2017Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 9781538414989

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.

Editorial Reviews

“McKay…has long been considered one of the great authors of the Harlem Renaissance…Amiable with Big Teeth lives up to McKay’s reputation.”

Time

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.”

Atlantic

“McKay introduces intriguing characters and brings readers into enticing situations…Smart, daring, and brimming with arresting insights.”

Booklist

“A sweeping satire of clashing ideologies and ambitions…Engaging and well-paced.”

Kirkus Reviews

“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.”

Darryl Pinckney

Author Biography

Claude McKay (1889–1948), born Festus Claudius McKay, is widely regarded as one of the most important literary and political writers of the interwar period and the Harlem Renaissance. Born in Jamaica, he moved to the United States in 1912 to study at the Tuskegee Institute. In 1928 he published his most famous novel, Home to Harlem, which won the Harmon Gold Award for Literature. In 1977 he was named the national poet of Jamaica.

Reader Biography

Prentice Onayemi is an audiobook narrator and a voice and film actor who is known for his roles in The Steam-Room Crooner, AmeriQua, and as Joey in the Tony Award–winning play War Horse.

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