In her final novel, Dorothy West offers an intimate glimpse into African American middle class.
Set on bucolic Martha's Vineyard in the 1950s, The Wedding tells the story of life in the Oval, a proud, insular community made up of the best and brightest of the East Coast's black bourgeoisie.
The prominent Coles family gather for the wedding of the loveliest daughter, Shelby. Although she could have chosen from a whole area of eligible men of the right colours and the right professions, she has fallen in love with Meade Wyler, a white jazz musician from New York.
A shock wave breaks over the Oval as its longtime members grapple with the changing face of its community. With elegant, luminous prose, Dorothy West crowns her literary career by illustrating one family's struggle to break the shackles of race and class.
"West is a wonderful storyteller, painting vivid and memorable scenes of the life and plight of African Americans from slavery to the fifties. The Wedding is an engrossing tale."- USA Today
Dorothy West (1907 – 1998) was an American storyteller and short story writer during the time of the Harlem Renaissance. She is best known for her 1948 novel The Living Is Easy.