A Visitation of Spirits: A Novel

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Vintage Books, 2000 - Fiction - 257 pages
21 Reviews
"Marks the debut of a very gifted writer.... Kenan speaks eloquently and with a great deal of courage."--Gloria Naylor

Randall Kenan's daring and innovative first novel weaves a vivid and horrific tale through the generations of a black Southern family.

Sixteen-year old Horace Cross is plagued by issues that hover in his impressionable spirit and take shape in his mind as loathsome demons, culminating in one night of horrible and tragic transformation. In the face of Horace's fate, his cousin Reverend James "Jimmy" Green questions the values of a community that nourishes a boy, places their hopes for salvation on him, only to deny him his destiny.

Told in a montage of voices and memories, A Visitation of the Spirits just how richly populated a family's present is with the spirits of the past and the future.

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User Review  - Joseph - Goodreads

Kenan's prose is frequently dazzling and the story provides an important and distinct experience outside of the traditional southern narrative. It was Kenan's first novel and there is undeniable ... Read full review

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User Review  - Daniela - Goodreads

I initially checked out this book because it was written by one of my former creative writing professor, and I was curious to read something he'd written. This book is set in the fictional town of ... Read full review

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Mr. Kenan lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

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