By (author) John Edgar Wideman
In this new short story collection, John Edgar Wideman takes the reader from the historical to the imaginary, the personal to the political, with a cast of real and fictional characters as diverse as Frederick Douglass, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Wideman’s own family.In one story Wideman imagines a conversation between white anti-slavery crusader John Brown and black abolitionist Frederick Douglass. In another story a man sits on the edge of the Williamsburg Bridge, considering whether to jump. American Histories is an extended meditation on family, history and loss. Emotionally precise and intellectually stimulating, this is Wideman at his best.
John Edgar Wideman
John Edgar Wideman’s books include Writing to Save a Life, Philadelphia Fire, Brothers and Keepers, Fatheralong, Hoop Dreams, and Sent for You Yesterday. He is a MacArthur Fellow and has won the PEN/Faulkner Award twice and has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and National Book Award. In 2017, Wideman won the the Prix Femina Etranger for Writing to Save a Life. He divides his time between New York and France.