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Mending the World : Stories of Family by Contemporary Black Writers - Rosemarie Robotham

Mending the World

Stories of Family by Contemporary Black Writers

Paperback Published: 1st February 2004
ISBN: 9780465070633
Number Of Pages: 320

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Today's most talented African American writers redefine and celebrate the black family in a collection of uniquely evocative poetry and prose. The many facets of black family life have not always been fully visible in American literature. Black families have often been portrayed as chaotic, fractured, and emotionally devastated, and historians and sociologists are just beginning to acknowledge the resilience and strength of African American families through centuries of hardship. In Mending the World, a host of beloved writers celebrate the richness of black family life, revealing how deep, complicated, and joyous modern kinship can be.From Jamaica Kincaid's portrait of a young girl moving away from her mother to better know herself to Alice Walker's reflection on the joy and pain of her relationship with her own daughter; from Edwidge Danticat's fictional evocation of a young woman rocked by revelations about her parents to James McBride's elegy for his stepfather, this inspiring volume presents-through fiction, memoir, and poetry-a multi-layered and optimistic portrait of today's black America.

Preface: Great Expectationsp. ix
Foreword: Reflections on Familyp. xiii
Introduction: Making Up the Truthp. xvii
First Light
Rachelp. 3
The Circling Handp. 20
The Driving Lessonp. 35
Holy Cross Hospitalp. 42
Bright Thursdaysp. 46
The Myth of Musicp. 64
Oceanp. 69
The Book of the Deadp. 85
Show Businessp. 98
A Son in Shadowp. 111
On Earthp. 128
Three Sonnets for Mister Kentp. 137
The Shifting Self
The Drillp. 141
Dear Aunt Nanadinep. 147
Who Shot Johnny?p. 156
Going Homep. 161
My Daughter, Once Removedp. 165
The Featherp. 169
A Taste of Eden
Sleeper's Wakep. 187
Aunt Deliap. 197
Uncle Raymondp. 199
Brothers and Sisters Around the Worldp. 215
Chinap. 224
Will & Testamentp. 246
Mending the World
Mommap. 251
Daddyp. 252
Counting Breathsp. 260
The Two of Usp. 263
The Good Daughterp. 267
The Boxp. 272
Permissionsp. 285
Bibliographyp. 289
Biographical Notesp. 291
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ISBN: 9780465070633
ISBN-10: 0465070639
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st February 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.7  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1