Two Cities

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999 - Fiction - 242 pages
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A redemptive, healing novel, Two Cities brings to brilliant culmination the themes John Edgar Wideman has developed in fourteen previous acclaimed books. It is a story of bridges -- bridges spanning the rivers of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, bridges arching over the rifts that have divided our communities, our country, our hearts. Narrated in the bluesy voices of its three main characters, Two Citiesis a simple love story, but it is also about the survival of an endangered black urban community and the ways that people discover for redeeming themselves in a society that is failing them. With its indelible images of confrontation and outrage, matched in equal measure by lasting impressions of hope, Two Cities is a compassionate, lacerating, and nourishing novel.
  

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"Beautifully structured, cunningly interlaced, and sensuously immediate," this novel by the highly regarded Wideman (The Cattle Killing, LJ 7/96) presents the story of an African American woman afraid ... Read full review

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Oppressive bleak like Pennsylvania skies, "Two Cities" explores the soul-crushing experience of racism and hopelessness in urban Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Wideman' language is absolutely lyrical if ... Read full review

Contents

MISSING JOHN AFRICA
1
DANCING AT EDGARS
15
LAMENTATIONS
49
MR MALLORY
81
PHILADELPHIA
143
PITTSBURGH
199
A Postscript
241
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About the author (1999)

John Edgar Wideman won the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1984 for Sent for You Yesterday and in 1990 for Philadelphia Fire. His second memoir, Fatheralong, was a finalist for the National Book Award. His most recent books are Hoop Roots and The Island: Martinique. He teaches at Brown University.

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