Bailey's Cafe (Vintage Contemporaries) (Paperback)

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Another brilliant book by one of the most underrated & masterful writers of our time.
As I read Bailey’s Cafe, I had no idea where all of these strange, tragic, and dark stories were headed; but rest assured, this novel is complete.
Gloria Naylor found a spell-binding way to interlace the disparate characters that crossed paths at the unlikely legend: Bailey’s Cafe.

— Kate S.

Basically, a masterpiece. One of those books that make you think "what's wrong with them? Why didn't they make us read THIS in school?" The saddest, strangest, most transcendent characters you'll ever meet, in the saddest, strangest, most transcendent setting. (And, bonus, the freshest take on baseball, especially the Negro Leagues, you'll ever read).

— Morgan


Set in a diner where the food isn't very good and the ambience veers between heaven and hell, this bestselling novel from the author of Mama Day and The Women of Brewster Place is a feast for the senses and the spirit. "A virtuoso orchestration of survival, suffering, courage and humor."--New York Times Book Review.

About the Author

Gloria Naylor was born in New York City in 1950. She received her B.A. in English from Brooklyn College and her M.A. in Afro-American studies from Yale. Her books include The Women of Brewster Place, which won both the American Book Award and the National Book Award for first novel, and was also adapted into a television movie by Oprah Winfrey; Linden Hills; Bailey's Cafe; and The Men of Brewster Place. She taught writing and literature at George Washington University, New York University, Boston University, and Cornell University. She died in 2016.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780679748212
ISBN-10: 0679748210
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: August 31st, 1993
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Vintage Contemporaries