RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 21041041 LA English T1 Philadelphia fire : a novel A1 Wideman, John Edgar., PB Holt PP New York YR 1990 SN 0805012664 9780805012668 AB 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.