Naming the New World by Calvin Baker

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A multigenerational tale forms a portrait of a people's passage to a new world, following the voices, as one flows into the next, of six African Americans, beginning with Ampofo, who is brought as slave cargo to America. A first novel.

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Published February 1, 1997 by St. Martin's Press. 118 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Billed by the publisher as a ``brief epic of the African- American experience,'' Baker's first novel is in fact an awkward yoking-together of four related vignettes from the preCivil War period, along with two weak stories set in the recent past and the present.

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Related by ancestry and by their common story, the African American voices in this brilliant debut novel, form a turbulent current of racial memory that flows through two continents, three centuries a

Feb 02 1997 | Read Full Review of Naming the New World

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