The Ways of White Folks

The Ways of White Folks is a celebrated collection of short stories that struck Hughes’ distinctive balance of humour and tragedy in its depiction of the relationship between white and Black characters.

A black maid forms a close bond with the daughter of the cruel white couple for whom she works. Two rich, white artists hire a Black model to pose as a slave. A white-passing boy ignores his mother when they cross each other on the street.

Written with sardonic wit and a keen eye for the absurdly unjust, these fourteen stories about racial tensions are as relevant today as the day they were penned, and linger in the mind long after the final page is turned.

Title: The Ways of White Folks
Published: 1934
Genre: Short Stories