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Damballah,9780395897973

Damballah

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Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 7/6/1998
Publisher(s): Houghton Miff

Summary

This collection of interrelated stories spans the history of Homewood, a Pittsburgh community founded by a runaway slave. With stunning lyricism, Wideman sings of "dead children in garbage cans, of gospel and basketball, of lost gods and dead fathers" (John Leonard). It is a celebration of people who, in the face of crisis, uphold one another--with grace, courage, and dignity.

Author Biography

John Edgar Wideman won the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1984 for Sent for You Yesterday and in 1990 for Philadelphia Fire. His second memoir, Fatheralong, was a finalist for the National Book Award. His most recent books are Hoop Roots and The Island: Martinique. He teaches at Brown University.

Table of Contents

Damballah
15(12)
Daddy Garbage
27(18)
Lizabeth: The Caterpillar Story
45(20)
Hazel
65(16)
The Chinaman
81(16)
The Watermelon Story
97(12)
The Songs of Reba Love Jackson
109(22)
Across the Wide Missouri
131(12)
Rashad
143(12)
Tommy
155(20)
Solitary
175(16)
The Beginning of Homewood
191

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