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

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


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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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ISBN-13: 9780679737513
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/1995
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 197
Sales rank: 531,757
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

John Edgar Wideman is the award-winning author of more than 20 books, which have received two PEN/ Faulkner Awards and a National Book Award nomination. In addition to his authorial career, he is a professor at Brown University. His latest book, Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File, was published in 2016.

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Fatheralong: A Meditation on Fathers and Sons, Race and Society 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
jonesli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Parent and child relationships are often difficult at times. I like to think as we grow older we have greater appreciation for our parents and finally "get" who they were while we were growing up and who they are in later years. The father and son dynamic in the African American community has often been traditionally more difficult for a myriad of reasons. John Egar Wideman's Fatheralong examines the role of race and the distance that it creates in fostering the African American father and son relationship.Most of the book is the author's memoir about trying to forge some sort of connection with his distant father, Edgar as they travel to a South Carolina small town named Promised Land. There in Promised Land, father and son comes a little bit closer to understanding each other and learn more about their ancestors as well.I found it to be an especially poignant read.