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Jewell Parker Rhodes

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, one of the worst acts of domestic terrorism in American history, Interabang Books is thrilled to welcome the magnificent Jewell Parker Rhodes with the reissue of her novel MAGIC CITY. A powerful story set in the Jim Crow era, MAGIC CITY commemorates the 1921 burning of Greenwood, an affluent black section of Tulsa, Oklahoma, known as the “Negro Wall Street”. She will join us virtually on Tuesday, May 11 at 6 pm  CT via Facebook Live; you won't want to miss this incredible discussion!

Buy MAGIC CITY below.

Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1921. A white woman and a black man are alone in an elevator. Suddenly, the woman screams, the man flees, and the chase to capture and lynch him begins.

When Joe Samuels, a young Black man with dreams of becoming the next Houdini, is accused of rape, he must perform his greatest escape by eluding a bloodthirsty mob. 

Meanwhile, Mary Keane, the white, motherless daughter of a farmer who wants to marry her off to the farmhand who viciously raped her, must find the courage to help exonerate the man she accused with her panicked cry.

Magic City evokes one of the darkest chapters of twentieth century, Jim Crow America, painting an intimate portrait of the heroic but doomed stand that pitted the National Guard against a small band of black men determined to defend the prosperous town they had built.


Jewell Parker Rhodes is the recipient of a Yaddo Creative Writing Fellowship and the National Endowment of the Arts Award in Fiction. She is professor of creative writing and American literature and Director of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Arizona State University. She lives in Phoenix, AZ.

Tuesday, May 11th, 6:00PM
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Magic City: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063073227
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Harper Perennial - May 4th, 2021