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FORMAT: Electronic book text
ISBN: 9781786892072
RRP: £12.79
PAGES: 256
PUBLICATION DATE: May 3, 2018

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American Histories

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.

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