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All Stories Are True
     

All Stories Are True

by John Edgar Wideman
 

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Set mainly in the Pittsburgh district of Homewood, these 10 stories depict African Americans from all walks of life—ancestors, family, and lovers caught in the vortex of American history and haunted by their own particular demons. "(Wideman is) one of our very finest writers, period."—New Republic.

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Set mainly in the Pittsburgh district of Homewood, these 10 stories depict African Americans from all walks of life—ancestors, family, and lovers caught in the vortex of American history and haunted by their own particular demons. "(Wideman is) one of our very finest writers, period."—New Republic.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the 35 stories collected here Wideman continues to chronicle the black experience in urban America with great intensity and lyricism. (Aug.)
Library Journal
All stories may indeed be true, but some are truer than others, as in this outstanding collection. In each story a different voice reveals another dimension--often an intimate, psychological dimension--of life in black America. ``Voices are what we must listen to,'' says one of Wideman's characters, ``if we wish ever to be heard.'' The character speaking is a newborn infant who has been murdered by its teenage mother, indicating the range of Wideman's voices, each of which is scored like a piece of music, for in Wideman's monologs the how is inseparable from the what . He is fortunate that actor Clifton Davis narrates those voices with such consummate skill, never missing the humor behind the pathos, ably feeling his way into the music of Wideman's prose. Not every story is successful--ironically, an account of a trip to Africa fails precisely because it forces the same style that fits the rest of the book so naturally--but these are minor flaws in a major achievement. Although not yet as famous as some of his contemporaries, Wideman's tremendous linguistic talent, driven by a keen sense of justice, a penetrating intelligence, and a courageous imagination, is sure to earn him a prominent place in the cultural history of our time. Highly recommended.-- Peter Josyph, New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679737520
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/05/1993
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 7.91(h) x 0.45(d)

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