From Dorothy West, the last surviving member of the Harlem
Renaissance, The Wedding is an intimate glimpse into African American
middle class. Set on bucolic Martha’s Vineyard in the 1950s, this is 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. Within this inner circle of “blue-vein
society,” we witness the prominent Coles family gather for the wedding of the
loveliest daughter, Shelby, who could have chosen from “a whole area of
eligible men of the right colors and the right professions.” Instead, she has
fallen in love with and is about to be married to 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
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