Strivers Row Strivers Row , the final book in Kevin Baker's City of Fire trilogy, documents two men in Harlem at the height of WWII and Jim… Strivers Row Strivers Row , the final book in Kevin Baker's City of Fire trilogy, documents two men in Harlem at the height of WWII and Jim… 2006-02-01 Fiction HarperCollins
Book Review

Strivers Row (2006)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Feb 01, 2006; Writer: Kevin Baker; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: HarperCollins

Strivers Row, the final book in Kevin Baker's City of Fire trilogy, documents two men in Harlem at the height of WWII and Jim Crow laws. Teenage Malcolm Little scrapped his way out of foster care in Lansing, Mich., hoping to refashion himself in upper Manhattan's hopping clubs (and later becomes Malcolm X); Rev. Jonah Dove struggles to forge his own identity as he inherits his preacher father's parish. As he did in Paradise Alley and Dreamland, Baker skillfully roots his dense, ambitious, at times transcendent story with meticulous research and brings to vibrant life a notable chapter in New York City history.

Originally posted Jan 27, 2006 Published in issue #861 Feb 03, 2006 Order article reprints