The Chaneysville Incident: A Novel

The Chaneysville Incident: A Novel

by David Bradley
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The Chaneysville Incident: A Novel by David Bradley

“Rivals Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon as the best novel about the black experience in America since Ellison’s Invisible Man” (The Christian Science Monitor).

 Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and Finalist for the National Book Award
Brilliant but troubled historian John Washington has left Philadelphia, where he is employed by a major university, to return to his hometown of Chaneysville, just north of the Mason-Dixon Line. He is there to care for Old Jack, one of the men who helped raise him when he was growing up on the Hill, an old black neighborhood in the little Pennsylvania town—but he also wants to learn more about the death of his father.
What he discovers is that his father, Moses Washington, who was supposedly illiterate, left behind extensive notes on a mystery he was researching: why thirteen escaped slaves reached freedom in Chaneysville only to die there, for reasons forgotten or never known at all.
A story of personal discovery and historical revelation, The Chaneysville Incident explores the power of our pasts. Based in part on actual events, this extraordinary novel was described by the Los Angeles Times as “perhaps the most significant work by a new black male author since James Baldwin dazzled in the early ’60s with his fine fury,” and placed David Bradley in the front ranks of contemporary American authors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781480438521
Publisher: Open Road Media
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 88,981
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

David Bradley is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Oregon and the author of South Street and The Chaneysville Incident, the latter of which won the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1982 and was a finalist for the National Book Award. The novel also earned Bradley an Academy Award for literature. Bradley has published essays, book reviews, and interviews in periodicals and newspapers including Esquire, Redbook, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the New Yorker.

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Chaneysville Incident 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Despite the long historian style descriptions this book was truly amazing. I was both delighted and disturbed at the end. I spent nights wide awake thinking of the lives of slaves and the horrors they encountered.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I learned a lot from this book and took all the information in eagerly, as it both furthered the plot and developed the characters. The book also resonants with the complexity of race relations in the US, both past and present.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was torturous in its prose, lack of continuity, and repetitive glorifying of brutality while hyperbolizing the mundane. A WASTE of my money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Highly recommended if you find historical novels interesting. Good explanations of the history behind the slave trade.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a coming of age, searching for self book that has racial overtones, the underground railroad, a splash of romance and deep introspection of an interracial relationship. i wanted a happy ever after and wasn't granted one. read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
piece of writing. The first couple of lengthy descriptive passages almost caused me miss out on a very compelling and extremely interesting book. A young historian is provided just enough curiousity and intellectual challenge to discover not only his roots but his personal value and place in our ever changing society. J M Lydon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Be ready to hunker down because this one will take over your life! 414 Pages of information and story. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys learning about history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most of what we read about slavery in the United States and most of how it is portrayed on television or in film focuses on the physical horrors This novel helped me have a much greater appreciation of the psychological impact on human beings treated as property For this insight alone, this novel is well worth your time, and the effort it takes to get through a few tedious monologues
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, goes back into the past to make connections to why, what, when, how.
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The long descriptive passages were awful. I normally like a historical novel but this was a real struggle to finish. Very difficult to follow and frankly, John just seemed like a big jerk.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't waste your time. It's 400 pages of boredom. 200 pages would have been sufficient for this hyped journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sample was so boring, I did not buy the book.