Brothers and Keepers

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jan 1, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 242 pages
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A haunting portrait of lives arriving at different destinies, Brothers and Keepers is John Edgar Widemanís seminal memoir about two brothers ó one an award-winning novelist, the other a fugitive wanted for robbery and murder. Wideman recalls the capture of his younger brother Robby, details the subsequent trials that resulted in a sentence of life in prison, and provides vivid views of the American prison system.
A gripping, unsettling account, Brothers and Keepers weighs the bonds of blood, tenderness, and guilt that connect Wideman to his brother and measures the distance that lies between them.

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User Review  - EBT1002 - LibraryThing

This is the story of John and his brother Robert, aka Robby. Robby was arrested and convicted of murder in the early 1970s and was sentenced to life in prison. John sets out to tell his story and, in ... Read full review

Review: Brothers and Keepers: A Memoir

User Review  - Jim Mccullough - Goodreads

I found the stories about the brother interesting and enjoyable. Too much time was spent on discussing what the author "had to go through". This book was too self-serving. Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Writer John Edgar Wideman was born in Washington, D. C., on June 14, 1941. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, studied at Oxford University, and was the second African American to become a Rhodes Scholar. He taught at the University of Pennsylvania and eventually founded and chaired the African American studies department. He also taught at the University of Wyoming and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Wideman is the author of more than a dozen books. Sent for You Yesterday won a PEN/Faulkner Award in 1984, and Philadelphia Fire received one a decade later. Fatheralong was a finalist for the National Book Award (1994) and Brothers and Keepers was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award (1995).

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