This collection of interrelated stories spans the history of Homewood, a Pittsburgh community founded by a runaway slave. With stunning lyricism, Wideman sings of "dead children in garbage cans, of gospel and basketball, of lost gods and dead fathers" (John Leonard). It is a celebration of people who, in the face of crisis, uphold one another--with grace, courage, and dignity.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bezoar44 - LibraryThing
These are sad, hard stories about different members of an African American family extended across at least six generations. The style is modernist and literary - understated, often oblique, but ... Read full review
DamballahUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
This short story collection and novel, respectively, both published in 1981, are the second and third volumes in the author's Homewood trilogy. Damballah contains a dozen stories spanning many years in a Pittsburgh community founded by a runaway slave. Hiding Place shares the same setting. Read full review