Dominion by Calvin Baker
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With Calvin Baker’s first novel, Naming The New World, he was named a “Notable First Novelist” by Time magazine. Since his second novel, Once Two Heroes, Baker has continued to be acclaimed by the major media from the Los Angeles Times to Esquire. Now, with Dominion, Baker has written a lush, incantatory novel about three generations of an African American family in the years leading up to the Revolutionary War. Dominion tells the story of the Merian family who, at the close of the seventeenth century, settle in the wilderness of the Carolinas. Jasper is the patriarch, freed from bondage, who manages against all odds to build a thriving estate with his new wife and two sons — one enslaved, the other free. For one hundred years, the Merian family struggles against the natural (and occasionally supernatural) world, colonial politics, the injustices of slavery, the Revolutionary War and questions of fidelity and the heart. Footed in both myth and modernity, Calvin Baker crafts a rich, intricate and moving novel, with meditations on God, responsibility, and familial legacies. While masterfully incorporating elements of the world’s oldest and greatest stories, the end result is a bold contemplation of the origins of America.

About Calvin Baker

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Calvin Baker was born in Chicago and graduated from Amherst College. He has written one previous novel and lives in New York City.
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press. 388 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Baker's ambitious but slack novel follows three generations of African-American men who make their mark in colonial and Revolutionary South Carolina, while battling nature, the supernatural and their sexual and emotional needs.

May 29 2006 | Read Full Review of Dominion: A Novel

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This is no simple vampire tale, this a vampire tale of epic proportions with amazing characters and equally amazing vampires.

Dec 05 2011 | Read Full Review of Dominion: A Novel

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