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Dial Press, 1968 - African American men - 249 pages
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In these five stories, Gaines returns to the cane fields, sharecroppers' shacks, and decaying plantation houses of Louisiana, the terrain of his great novels A Gathering of Old Men and A Lesson Before Dying. As rendered by Gaines, this country becomes as familiar, and as haunted by cruelty, suffering, and courage, as Ralph Ellison's Harlem or Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County. Above all, Mr. Gaines portrays African American males as real men inspite of the odds they encounter.

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Review: Bloodline: Five Stories

User Review  - Kmkoppy - Goodreads

What a fantastic book. I couldn't put it down. It was so sensitively written, such brave souls. I read his novel "A Lesson Before Dying" loved that, but the short stories were so powerful that I actually like this book better. Read full review

Review: Bloodline: Five Stories

User Review  - Irene - Goodreads

This is a collection of 5 short stories all set among share croppers in the segregated deep south. Each is so emotionally charged with tenderness, pain, genuine love and longing that I was a bit breathless after each. Read full review


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