Years after dropping out of Harlem society, David McKay, a handsome lawyer from a prominent Strivers' Row family, returns home, devastated by the news of his sister's suicide.
What caused her to take her life? Why did she marry a man she barely knew, giving him a claim to the family home? Why did Lilian feel compelled to keep her marriage a secret?
Burdened by a secret of his own, David dares to stay in Harlem to stave off the threat to his family home and answer questions about Lilian's death. He rediscovers the world of the Harlem Renaissance, a place of suffocating class strictures, seductive patrons, and aristocratic civil rights leaders. His inquiry takes him from the wealthy salons of Renaissance Harlem to the crowded tenements of its poor. He uncovers old loves and festering hatreds.
The deeper he probes, the closer he comes to unleashing forces that threaten to reveal his own crippling secret — one that could destroy or redeem him.
This gripping novel, at once taut and lyrical, evokes the mystique of Harlem's most fascinating era. Absorbing and powerful, Harlem Redux combines incisive comment on race and class with a tragic tale of unrequited love.