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Author Wideman, John Edgar, author.

Title American histories : stories / John Edgar Wideman.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Scribner, 2018.


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 DeKalb PL Adult Fiction - DKLY-12  FIC WID    AVAILABLE
 Freeport PL Adult Fiction - FPLY-13  FIC WIDEMAN    AVAILABLE
 Mokena Community PL Adult Fiction - MKBB-1  WIDEMAN J    AVAILABLE
 Seneca PL Adult Fiction NEW - SEBB-3  FIC WIDEMAN    AVAILABLE
 Somonauk PL Adult Fiction - SNBB-4  FIC WID    AVAILABLE
 Woodstock PL Adult Fiction New - WOLY-11  FICTION WIDEMAN    AVAILABLE
Edition First Scribner hardcover edition.
Description ix, 227 pages ; 23 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Gender group: gdr Men lcdgt
Nationality/regional group: nat New Yorkers (New York State) lcdgt
Nationality/regional group: nat Americans lcdgt
Ethnic/cultural group eth African Americans lcdgt
Note "Scribner fiction original hardcover."
Contents JB & FD -- Dark matter -- Shape the world is in -- My dead -- Music -- Bonds -- New start -- Maps and ledgers -- Writing teacher -- Williamsburg Bridge -- Examination -- Wail -- Lines -- Nat Turner confesses -- Empire -- Yellow sea -- Bunny and Glide -- Snow -- Ghost dancer -- Collage -- Expectations.
Summary "In this singular collection, John Edgar Wideman, the acclaimed author of Writing to Save a Life, blends the personal, historical, and political to invent complex, charged stories about love, death, struggle, and what we owe each other. With characters ranging from everyday Americans to Jean-Michel Basquiat to Nat Turner, American Histories is a journey through time, experience, and the soul of our country. "JB & FD" reimagines conversations between John Brown, the antislavery crusader who famously raided Harper's Ferry, Virginia, and Frederick Douglass, the abolitionist and orator, conversations that belie the myth of race and produce a fantastical, ethically rich correspondence that spans years and ideologies. "Maps and Ledgers" eavesdrops on a brother and sister today as they ponder their father's killing of another man. "Williamsburg Bridge" sits inside a man sitting on a bridge who contemplates his life before he decides to jump. "My Dead" is a story about how the already-departed demand more time, more space in the lives of those who survive them. Navigating an extraordinary range of subject and tone, Wideman challenges the boundaries of traditional forms, and delivers unforgettable, immersive narratives that touch the very core of what it means to be alive. An extended meditation on family, history, and loss, American Histories weaves together historical fact, philosophical wisdom, and deeply personal vignettes. More than the sum of its parts, this is Wideman at his best--emotionally precise and intellectually stimulating--an extraordinary collection by a master." -- Provided by publisher.
Subject FICTION / African American.
FICTION / Historical.
FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
African Americans -- Fiction.
United States -- History -- Fiction.
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form Fiction. (OCoLC)fst01423787
Historical fiction. (OCoLC)fst01726640
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Short stories. (OCoLC)fst01726740
Short stories.
Short stories.
Historical fiction.
Added Title Short stories. Selections
ISBN 9781501178344 hardcover
1501178342 hardcover
Standard No. 40028107133

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