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Mending the World

Stories of Family by Contemporary Black Writers
(Book - 2003 )
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The many facets of black family life have not always been fully visible in American literature. Black families have often been portrayed as chaotic, fractured, and emotionally devastated, and historians and sociologists are just beginning to acknowledge the resilience and strength of African American families through centuries of hardship. In Mending the World, a host of beloved writers celebrate the richness of black family life, revealing how deep, complicated, and joyous modern kinship can be.From James McBride's tender recollection of the man who claimed eight stepchildren as his own to Toi Derricotte's moving portrait of a pregnant teenager who decides to keep her child; from Debra Dickerson's lament over the shooting that crippled her nephew to Charles Johnson's whimsical look at a married couple's mid-life crisis; from Shay Youngblood's moving fictional evocation of a lost mother to poet Kendel Hippolyte's poignant telling of a father's unexpected legacy, this inspiring volume presents-through fiction, memoir, and poetry-a multi-layered and optimistic portrait of today's black America.Mending the World features fiction, personal memoir, and poetry by new writers (some publishing here for the first time) and established members of the canon.
Title: Mending the world
stories of family by contemporary black writers
Publisher: New York : BasicCivitas Books, c2003.
Characteristics: xxiii, 290 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Contents: Preface: Great expectations / Maya Angelou
Foreword: Reflections on family / Pearl Cleage
Introduction: Making up the truth / Rosemarie Robotham
First light. Rachel / Tina McElroy Ansa ; The circling hand / Jamaica Kincaid ; The driving lesson / Gerald Early ; Holy Cross Hospital / Toi Derricotte ; Bright Thursdays / Olive Senior ; The myth of music / Rachel M. Harper
Myth making. Ocean / Shay Youngblood ; The book of the dead / Edwidge Danticat ; Show business / Martha Southgate ; A son in shadow / Fred D'Aguiar ; On earth / Jacqueline Woodson ; Three sonnets for Mister Kent / Kendel Hippolyte
The shifting self. The drill / Breena Clarke ; Dear Aunt Nanadine / Alexis De Veaux ; Who shot Johnny? / Debra Dickerson ; Going home / Janus Adams ; My daughter, once removed / William Jelani Cobb ; The feather / April Reynolds
A taste of Eden. Sleeper's wake / Paule Marshall ; Aunt Delia / Valerie Wilson Wesley ; Uncle Raymond / Nelson Eubanks ; Brothers and sisters around the world / Andrea Lee ; China / Charles Johnson ; Will & testament / Malaika Adero
Mending the world. Momma / Paulette Childress White ; Daddy / James McBride ; Counting breaths / Rosemarie Robotham ; The two of us / Alice Walker ; The good daughter / Rebecca Walker ; The box / Diane McKinney-Whetstone
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First light. Rachel / Tina McElroy Ansa ; The circling hand / Jamaica Kincaid ; The driving lesson / Gerald Early ; Holy Cross Hospital / Toi Derricotte ; Bright thursdays / Olive Senior ; The myth of music / Rachel M. Harper
Myth-making. Ocean / Shay Youngblood ; The book of the dead / Edwidge Danticat ; Show business / Martha Southgate ; A son in shadow / Fred D'Aguiar ; On Earth / Jacqueline Woodson ; Three sonnets for Mister Kent / Kendel Hippolyte
The shifting self. The drill / Breena Clarke ; Dear Aunt Nanadine / Alexis De Veaux ; Who shot Johnny? / Debra Dickerson ; Going home / Janus Adams ; My daughter, once removed / William Jelani Cobb ; The feather / April Reynolds
A taste of Eden. Sleeper's wake / Paule Marshall ; Aunt Delia / Valerie Wilson Wesley ; Uncle Raymond / Nelson Eubanks ; Brothers and sisters around the world / Andrea Lee ; China / Charles Johnson ; Will & testament / Malaika Adero
Mending the world. Momma / Paulette Childress White ; Daddy / James McBride ; Counting breaths / Rosemarie Robotham ; The two of us / Alice Walker ; The good daughter / Rebecca Walker ; The box / Diane McKinney-Whetstone.
Additional Contributors: Robotham, Rosemarie - 1957-
Angelou, Maya
Cleage, Pearl
ISBN: 0465070620
Branch Call Number: PN56.F3 .M46 2003
810.8035204
Statement of Responsibility: edited by Rosemarie Robotham ; [preface by Maya Angelou ; foreword by Pearl Cleage]
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [289]-290).
Subject Headings: Families Literary collections. African American families Literary collections. American literature African American authors. African Americans Literary collections. Blacks Literary collections. Families, Black Literary collections. Fiction African American authors. Fiction Black authors. Poetry African American authors. Poetry Black authors.
Topical Term: Families
African American families
American literature
African Americans
Blacks
Families, Black
Fiction
Fiction
Poetry
Poetry
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