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A stellar collection of works from more than fifty hot names in fiction, including long-standing best-selling authors as well as up-and-coming stars, GUMBO represents remarkable synergy. Edited by best-selling luminaries Marita Golden and E. Lynn Harris, this collection spans new and previously published tales of love and luck, inspiration and violation, hip new worlds and hallowed heritage from voices such as: - Edwidge Danticat - Eric Jerome Dickey - Kenji Jasper - John Edgar Wideman - Terry McMillan - David Anthony Durham - Bertice Berry -...and many, many more! Also featuring original stories by Golden and Harris themselves, GUMBO offers a flavourful mix of writing, and will leave readers clamouring for second helpings

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780767910415
ISBN-10: 0767910419
Format: Paperback
(233mm x 155mm x 43mm)
Pages: 740
Imprint: Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Del
Publisher: Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc)
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United States

Reviews

US Kirkus Review » Seventy-one African-American writers donate their talent to benefit the Hurston/Wright Foundation. Veteran editor Golden (The Edge of Heaven, 1998, etc.), president and founding director of Hurston/Wright, writes that "The African American writer has, of necessity, been visionary and witness, a channel for an individual sense of story even while recognizing that for Black people in America, writing is fighting." Although many, if not all, other races would argue that writing is fighting for them as well, Golden is still right. But if in a collection benefiting the foundation named for Richard Wright and Zora Neale Hurston you think you might get to read works by them, think again. They're missing, as are Toni Morrison, James McPherson, and Charles Johnson-in fact, a list of prominent writers who are absent may be more impressive than one of those present. But not to worry: both of the editors, Golden and Harris (Not a Day Goes By, 2000), are represented. A sampling of these sometimes new, sometimes previously published tales also includes Edwidge Danticat's "The Dew Breaker," about an immigrant family who attends Christmas Eve mass but finds America wasteful, faithless, and full of unlikely coincidence; in David Haynes' "Your Child can be a Model," we meet a young black mother on the occasion of her son's expulsion from school, then follow her as she works to get him out of trouble; John Edgar Wideman, in "Weight," straddles the line between fiction and nonfiction in a poignant homage to his mother; Tayari Jones contributes a section from her recently published novel, Leaving Atlanta (p. 830), about a series of murders of African-American children in Georgia; and voice rules in J. California Cooper's "$100 and Nothing!," a neighbor's account of a good marriage gone bad. Much to admire, though feathers may be ruffled (how can "gumbo" be a unifying image for a race that has gone far beyond the cultural reach of it or any other individual thing?). Still, a comprehensive look at middle-brow African-American literature. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Marita Golden

Marita Golden is the distinguished author of nine books, including the best-seller Long Distance Life, as well as the president and founding director of the Husrton/Wright Foundation. E. Lynn Harris's seven novels include the New York Times best-sellers Any Way the Wind Blows and Not a Day Goes By, as well as And This Too Shall Pass, Abide With Me, Just as I Am and Invisible Life (all available from Turnaround).

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