The African in Me by Howard Gordon

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The publication of The African in Me marks the debut of Howard Gordon, a promising new American writer. Gordon's stories, set mainly in the author's native upstate New York, are written with intense emotion and a perceptive eye for human interaction. Confronted with realities that do not conform to the mythology of the American Dream, Gordon's characters seek refuge in a world of fantasy and memory. For the young narrator of "After Dreaming of President Johnson," comic book superheroes provide an imaginary haven from McCarthy-era America. In "The Green Monkey," a college student struggles with what he considers to be institutionally imposed racism, not only at school but within the tighter circle of his family's experiences. Well-crafted and full of power, Howard Gordon's stories bridge the fiction of our own expectations with the vivid realities of daily life.

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Published April 1, 1993 by George Braziller. 156 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In ``Man Walks Son, Self,'' a boy named Junior chronicles nightly walks with his father while his mother lies dying, her illness the source of rumors that literally invade the home and follow father and son on their nocturnal strolls.

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