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American histories : stories

Author: John Edgar Wideman
Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First Scribner hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"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 &  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short stories
Historical fiction
Fiction
History
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Edgar Wideman
ISBN: 9781501178344 1501178342 9781501178351 1501178350
OCLC Number: 989963913
Notes: "Scribner fiction original hardcover."
Description: ix, 227 pages ; 23 cm
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.
Other Titles: Short stories.
Responsibility: John Edgar Wideman.

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"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

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