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Tambourines to Glory

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For every bustling jazz joint that opened in Korean War-era Harlem, a new church seemed to spring up. Tambourines to Glory introduces you to an unlikely team behind a church whose rock was the curb at 126th and Lenox.

Essie Belle Johnson and Laura Reed live in adjoining tenement flats, adrift on public relief. Essie wants to somehow earn enough money to reunite with her daughter and provide her with a nice home; Laura loves young men, mink coats, and fine Scotch. On a day of inspiration, the friends decide to use a thrift-store tambourine and a layaway Bible to start a church.

Their sidewalk services are a hit: Lauras a natural street performer who loves the limelight, while Essie is a charismatic singer with a quiet spirituality. Before long they move to a thousand-seat theatre called the Tambourine Temple. The two women are joined in their ministering by Birdie Lee, the little-old-lady trap drummer who can work the congregation to a feverish pitch, and Deacon Crow-For-Day, an impassioned confessor.

But then Laura falls for Buddy, a scam artist who suggests selling to the faithful lucky numbers from Scripture and bottles of tap water as “Holy Water from the Jordan.” Even with a Cadillac and piles of money from Laura, Buddy wont stay faithful, igniting a crime of passion and betrayal.

Harlem Moon Classics is proud to reintroduce readers of all generations to this sparkling gem from the canon of Langston Hughes.

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Synopsis:

For every bustling jazz joint that opened in Korean War-era Harlem, a new church seemed to spring up. "Tambourines to Glory" introduces readers to an unlikely team behind a church whose "rock" was the curb at 126th and Lenox.

About the Author

LANGSTON HUGHES (1902-1967), a leading light of the Harlem Renaissance, worked as a novelist, poet, and playwright, in addition to being a mentor and inspiration to other greats.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767923279
Author:
Hughes, Langston
Publisher:
Harlem Moon
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Good and evil
Subject:
Gospel music
Subject:
Church
Subject:
African-American women
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Harlem Moon Classics
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
180
Dimensions:
8.26x5.58x.47 in. .35 lbs.

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

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