Bricktop's Paris

African American Women in Paris between the Two World Wars

T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting
eISBN-13: 9781438455020

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2015 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

Longlisted for the 2015 American Library in Paris Book Award

During the Jazz Age, France became a place where an African American woman could realize personal freedom and creativity, in narrative or in performance, in clay or on canvas, in life and in love. These women were participants in the life of the American expatriate colony, which included F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, and Cole Porter, and they commingled with bohemian avant-garde writers and artists like Picasso, Breton, Colette, and Matisse. Bricktop's Paris introduces the reader to twenty-five of these women and the city they encountered. Following this nonfiction account, T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting provides a fictionalized autobiography of Ada "Bricktop" Smith, which brings the players from the world of nonfiction into a Paris whose elegance masks a thriving underworld.

ISBNs 9781438455013, 143845502X, 9781438455020
Language English