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The mayor of Maxwell Street / Avery Cunningham.

Cunningham, Avery, (author.).


The year is 1921, and America is burning. A fire of vice and virtue rages on every shore, and Chicago is its beating heart. Nelly Sawyer is the daughter of the “wealthiest Negro in America,” whose affluence catapulted his family to the heights of Black society. After the unexpected death of her only brother, Nelly becomes the premier debutante overnight. But Nelly has aspirations beyond society influence and marriage. For the past year, she has worked undercover as an investigative journalist, sharing the achievements and tribulations of everyday Black people living in the shadow of Jim Crow. Her latest assignment thrusts her into the den of a dangerous vice lord: the so-called Mayor of Maxwell Street. Born in rural Alabama to a murdered biracial couple, Jay Shorey knows firsthand what it means to be denied a chance at the American dream. When a tragic turn of fate gave Jay a rare path out, he took it without question. He washed up on Chicago’s storied shores and forged his own way to the top of the city’s underworld, running Chicago's swankiest speakeasy, where the rich and famous rub elbows with gangsters and politicians alike. When Nelly’s and Jay’s paths cross, she recruits him to help expose the Mayor and bring about lasting change in a corrupt city. But Jay also introduces a whole new world to Nelly, one where her horizons can extend beyond the confines of her ivory tower. Trapped between the monolith of Jim Crow, the inflexible world of the Black upper class, and the violence of Prohibition-era Chicago, Jay and Nelly work together and stoke the flames of a love worth fighting for. -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781368093002
  • ISBN: 1368093000
  • ISBN: 9781368098694
  • ISBN: 136809869X
  • Physical Description: 508 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Los Angeles : Hyperion Avenue, 2024.
Subject: African Americans > Social life and customs > Fiction.
Upper class > Illinois > Chicago > Fiction.
Women journalists > Fiction.
Man-woman relationships > Fiction.
Social classes > Fiction.
African Americans > Legal status, laws, etc. > Fiction.
American Dream > Fiction.
Chicago (Ill.) > History > 20th century > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Romance fiction.

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  • 4 of 6 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Lebanon-Laclede County.


  • 2 current holds with 6 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Lebanon-Laclede County Library F Cunningham (Text) 3803870402 Adult New Title Checked out 03/09/2024

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