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Philadelphia fire : a novel

Author: John Edgar Wideman
Publisher: New York : Holt, ©1990.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Eleven people - five of them children - are killed in west Philadelphia when 6221 Osage Avenue is bombed out of existence. One small boy is seen to escape the fire. From his life of self-exile on an island in the Aegean, Cudjoe mourns the child until it becomes an obsession, leading him home, forcing him to face up to his own profound alienation and to the wrenching realities of his native land. He searches for the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Suspense fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Edgar Wideman
ISBN: 0805012664 9780805012668
OCLC Number: 21041041
Description: 199 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: by John Edgar Wideman.

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Eleven people - five of them children - are killed in west Philadelphia when 6221 Osage Avenue is bombed out of existence. One small boy is seen to escape the fire. From his life of self-exile on an island in the Aegean, Cudjoe mourns the child until it becomes an obsession, leading him home, forcing him to face up to his own profound alienation and to the wrenching realities of his native land. He searches for the boy and, as he does so, he searches out his own past. Reconstructing his life plunges him backwards into memories both personal and communal, forwards inch by inch into a city fast becoming a nightmare.

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