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Angelic Essie Belle Johnson and devilish Laura Reed both agree that they need to do something to spice up their lives and earn more money. So they start their own church on the street in front of their Harlem apartment. With Laura's gift for performing and Essie's melodious voice, the two quickly become a hit and must move their services into a renovated theater. But as their congregation grows, a host of misfits enter the scene - some honest, but others who just want a piece of the pie.
©1958 Langston Hughes (P)2007 Recorded Books

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Nice timepiece

Worth the listen if you love Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance. Well performed and easily takes you to the era in which it was written

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Witty, simple wisdom

I enjoyed the dialogue and characters. It is a solid, simple story, worthwhile, enjoyable. The characters have stuck with me - good to read Langston Hughes and appreciate the period

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Wonderful!!!!

I truly enjoyed listening to this book, Tambourines to Glory. Being a product of the fifties, One can enjoy the Vernacular of that era.

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An amazing spiritual story, well performed!

Having spent a season of my life in similar churches I identified with the quiet spiritual character who is vexed by moral pollution. There is something wonderful about a moral and spiritual life, and those that trample on that....it was a good story. I loved the singing. I loved the poetry of it!

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Amazing!!

This novel by Langston Hughes was sooooo good!! It had great underlying life lessons that people can learn from!! I highly recommend reading it!!