Stigmata by Phyllis Alesia Perry

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A Pulitzer Prize-winning editor offers a stunning debut novel--a lyrical story told through through a panoply of voices that matches the best in the rich tradition of African-American fiction, while charting new territory with its exploration of a young girl's apparent descent into madness.

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Perry is a Pulitzer-Prize--winning newspaper editor.
Published January 1, 1998 by Hyperion. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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The trancelike states in which she “becomes” her long dead kin are handled with great subtlety, and Perry contrives several really magnificent scenes: among other affecting moments, there’s Grace’s cry of pain during sex with her husband, when she relives Ayo’s rape by white slavers, plus Lizzie’...

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She knows, too, what secret torment compelled her grandmother Grace to leave her children in Alabama--and to will Lizzie the trunk that holds the quilt that tells Ayo's story.

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