Composed of 24 parts anchored in the hours of the day, this brilliant first novel spans African American history as it traces its heroine's search for her identity. (Sept.)
This intricate and fascinating first novel tells the story of several generations of an African American family in Washington, D.C. The central character, Johnnie, is the daughter of an incestuous union between her mother and grandfather. Through her eyes, light is shed not only on her own quite complicated family and social relations but on the very workings of history, religion, and identity in the community in which she lives. The unusual combination of classical epic structure and riveting, sometimes shockingly frank language is particularly striking and makes for an intense reading experience.-- Jessica Grim, Univ. of California at Berkeley Lib.