Fatheralong: A Meditation on Fathers and Sons, Race and Society

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In the tradition of his best-selling Brothers and Keepers, which was about himself and his imprisoned brother, John Edgar Wideman "our most powerful and accomplished artist of the urban black world" - Los Angeles Times Book Review gives a searingly honest meditation on "fathers, color, roots, time, and language." Certain to galvanize national attention, Fatheralong is a fiercely lyrical and revealing memoir that attempts all the while, "among other things, to break out, displace, replace the paradigm of race ...
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In the tradition of his best-selling Brothers and Keepers, which was about himself and his imprisoned brother, John Edgar Wideman "our most powerful and accomplished artist of the urban black world" - Los Angeles Times Book Review gives a searingly honest meditation on "fathers, color, roots, time, and language." Certain to galvanize national attention, Fatheralong is a fiercely lyrical and revealing memoir that attempts all the while, "among other things, to break out, displace, replace the paradigm of race [America's enduring malaise]." As Wideman puts it: "Teach me who I might be, who you might be - without it." From affluent Amherst to blue-collar Pittsburgh to rural South Carolina, here is the story of an American family. Wresting himself free from the shackles of racial ideology, Wideman bravely engages not only the living but also the "ghostlier demarcations" of his family's past, the better to understand who he is today and to heal familial wounds. Fatheralong is a triumphant book of reckoning, an inspiring celebration of homecoming.

With resonant artistry and unflagging directness, Wideman examines the tragedy of race and the gulf it cleaves between black fathers and black sons. He does so chiefly through the lens of his own relations with his remote father, producing a memoir that belongs alongside the classics of Richard Wright and Malcolm X.

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This NBA finalist mixes memories of acclaimed novelist Wideman's relationship with his own father with broader musings on the subjects of race and fatherhood. Sept.
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"An important, moving, large-spirited book....Wideman understands that the personal is the political, that somehow every single black life today is tied inextricably to the prison of race."—Washington Post Book World
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  • ISBN-13: 9780679407201
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/20/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.29 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.92 (d)

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