Fatheralong by John Edgar Wideman
A Meditation on Fathers and Sons, Race and Society

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The author of Brothers and Keepers provides a candid, lyrical memoir that explores the roots of identity, the complexities of family relationships, and the struggle to heal in the face of familial estrangement and racial ideology. 30,000 first printing. Tour.
 

About John Edgar Wideman

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Writer John Edgar Wideman was born in Washington, D. C., on June 14, 1941. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, studied at Oxford University, and was the second African American to become a Rhodes Scholar. He taught at the University of Pennsylvania and eventually founded and chaired the African American studies department. He also taught at the University of Wyoming and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Wideman is the author of more than a dozen books. Sent for You Yesterday won a PEN/Faulkner Award in 1984, and Philadelphia Fire received one a decade later. Fatheralong was a finalist for the National Book Award (1994) and Brothers and Keepers was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award (1995).
 
Published September 20, 1994 by Pantheon. 197 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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"Because we don't talk or can't talk father to son, son to father, each generation approaches the task of becoming men as if no work has been accomplished before," writes Wideman.

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This NBA finalist mixes memories of acclaimed novelist Wideman's relationship with his own father with broader musings on the subjects of race and fatherhood.

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Wideman takes Edgar from Pittsburgh to South Carolina on a roots trip and, after hearing a white professor who has enjoyed a life style denied to his father, the author becomes furious.

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