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A Glance Away By John Edgar Wideman
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John Edgar Wideman’s first novel, A Glance Away, was published in 1967 when the author was just 26 years old. The New York Times Book Review raved “Here is a novelist of high seriousness... More > and depth. He has all sorts of literary gifts, including a poet’s flair for a taut, meaningful, emotional language.” The action unfolds over the course of a single day, but deftly jumps through time to interweave the life journeys of two very different men whose paths converge one unforgettable evening with surprising and unforgettable results. Eddie Lawson, a young African-American, has spent a year kicking his drug habit and finally returned home. Robert Thurley, a white college professor, is on the verge of crumbling under the weight of haunting family memories, alcoholism, and a tormented struggle with his ambiguous sexual identity. Their encounter forcefully illustrates the consequences of our failure to understand one another, and the transformative possibilities that open up for those brave enough to try.< Less
Hurry Home By John Edgar Wideman
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In 1970, The New York Times wrote, “Hurry Home is a dazzling display...we have nothing but admiration for Mr. Wideman’s talent.” Wideman’s second novel is the powerful and... More > remarkably prescient story of a highly educated, multiracial man’s struggle to find himself and understand his place in a country walled off by sharp racial and class divisions which seem to preempt the very possibility of his existence. Cecil Braithwaite works as a janitor while earning a law degree, yet discovers faithful adherence to the script promising the American Dream is not enough. He travels abroad, looking to Europe and Africa, but can’t escape the abiding sense of rootlessness, of being trapped in a halfway house of questions the world’s not yet ready or willing to answer. Wideman starkly portrays how difficult it is to shake free of the shackles one is born to, claim an identity that transgresses society’s most fundamental boundaries, and find one’s true Home.< Less
The Lynchers By John Edgar Wideman
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Almost 30 years before 9/11, John Edgar Wideman published his third novel, a revolutionary and controversial story about four African-American men who hatch a terrorist plot to shake a complacent... More > America to its foundations. They see their plan to lynch a white cop as the ultimate symbolic act of protest in a racist, hypocritical society mired in fundamental inequalities that contradict its “Home of the Free” credo. Critic Saunders Redding raved, “It is all here...the history of Negro America raised to the grandeur of superb fiction, as Tolstoy did it for the history of the Russian people in the Napoleonic era in War and Peace. I think The Lynchers is far and away the truest, the most moving, and the most brilliantly crafted novel of Negro life in almost a quarter of a century--that is, since Ellison’s Invisible Man, which in some ways it surpasses.”< Less
Hurry Home By John Edgar Wideman
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In 1970, The New York Times wrote, “Hurry Home is a dazzling display...we have nothing but admiration for Mr. Wideman’s talent.” Wideman’s second novel is the powerful and... More > remarkably prescient story of a highly educated, multiracial man’s struggle to find himself and understand his place in a country walled off by sharp racial and class divisions which seem to preempt the very possibility of his existence. Cecil Braithwaite works as a janitor while earning a law degree, yet discovers faithful adherence to the script promising the American Dream is not enough. He travels abroad, looking to Europe and Africa, but can’t escape the abiding sense of rootlessness, of being trapped in a halfway house of questions the world’s not yet ready or willing to answer. Wideman starkly portrays how difficult it is to shake free of the shackles one is born to, claim an identity that transgresses society’s most fundamental boundaries, and find one’s true Home.< Less