Thorndike Press

The Book of Harlan

  • Bernice L. McFadden
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  • ISBN-10: 1410497925
  • ISBN-13: 9781410497925
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.35 lbs ( .61 kgs)
  • 558 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released March 2017



A Washington Post Notable Book of 2016
An NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literary Work (Fiction)

Born in Macon, Georgia, in 1917, Harlan moved to Harlem with his parents and became a professional musician. He and trumpeter Lizard Robbins are invited to perform in the Parisian enclave of Montmartre, and jump at the opportunity. But when the City of Light is occupied by the Nazis, Harlan and Lizard are sent to Buchenwald, the notorious German concentration camp.


Customer Reviews

“McFadden presents a remarkably crisp portrait of one average man’s extraordinary bravery in the face of pure evil.”

— Booklist (starred)

“Through this character portrait of Harlan, McFadden has constructed a vivid, compelling narrative that makes historical fiction an accessible, literary window into the African-American past and some of the contemporary dilemmas of the present.”

— Publishers Weekly

“McFadden’s impressive achievement offers us a window into the often very difficult lives of African Americans from the Jim Crow era up to the present and, unexpectedly, in wartime Germany. Highly recommended for showing us that however badly black citizens have historically been treated, black lives matter.”

— Library Journal