Associate Professor and MFA Program Director of Creative Writing Jabari Asim reviewed iconic American author Zora Neale Hurston’s compilation of stories “Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick,” edited by Genevieve West, with a foreword by Tayari Jones in the New York Times. Of particular note, Hurston’s depiction of the Harlem Renaissance is highlighted in eight “recovered” stories.
Add her matchless powers of observation, exemplary fidelity to idiomatic speech and irresistible engagement with folklore, and the outcome is a collection of value to more than Hurston completists. Any addition to her awe-inspiring oeuvre should be met with open arms.
Read the New York Times book review.