Let the Dead Bury Their Dead by Randall Kenan
(Harvest American Writing Series)

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Set in North Carolina, these are stories about blacks and whites, young and old, rural and sophisticated, the real and fantastical. Named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, nominated for the 1992 National Book Critics Circle Award, and given the Lambda Award.
 

About Randall Kenan

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Raised in Chinquapin, North Carolina, Randall Kenan is the author of the novel A Visitation of Spirits and the short story collection Let The Dead Bury Their Dead. The latter was nominated for the 1992 National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction. After the success of A Visitation of Spirits, Kenan began working on a new book. More than a dozen years ago, he rented a car and set out from New York on a cross-country journey to interview African Americans. The title of the book that resulted, Walking on Water, comes from the story of slaves en route from Africa who commandeered their ship off the coast of Georgia around 1800. Legend has it that they walked off the ship to an unknown fate. In his book, Kenan attempts to learn that fate. When he isn't writing, Kenan teaches writing classes at Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University. He is also a contributor to the New York Times and The Nation and was once an assistant editor at Knopf.
 
Published June 4, 1993 by Mariner Books. 348 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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In coloring in the background of a town founded by runaway slaves, sustained by hypocritical preachers and ambitious exiled intellectuals, and taken over by bloodless modern-day manipulators--a land in which the dead live side by side with the living and the good fraternize with evil as a matter ...

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A gallery of lovers, losers, dreamers and misfits roil the North Carolina farm town of Tims Creek in Kenan's book of imaginative, unpredictable stories, which was nominated for the NBCC fiction award.

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