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Contending Forces (Rediscovered Classics)

Contending Forces (Rediscovered Classics)

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Publication Date: October 3rd, 2023
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Sappho Clark--beautiful, mysterious, Southern--arrives in Boston to earn her living as a stenographer. She lodges with the Smith family and immediately becomes a source of fascination to the them: Ma Smith is impressed by Sappho's financial independence; Dora Smith admires Sappho's quiet self-possession; and Will Smith, Dora's brother, falls madly in love with Sappho. But as Sappho enters the Smiths' community, it becomes clear that her beauty is a lure to bad actors, including someone who entertains dark suspicions about her past. . .

A murder mystery, the story of a friendship, and a romance set in Boston's thriving, politically active middle-class Black community, Contending Forces is an unjustly forgotten American classic.

About the Author

Pauline E. Hopkins (1859-1930) was a Black novelist, journalist, playwright, historian, and editor. She is considered a pioneer in her use of the romantic novel to explore social and racial themes. Hopkins grew up in Boston, Massachusetts.