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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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A somber, eloquent meditation on isolation and violence. Wideman (The Cattle Killing, 1990, etc.) sets this tightly focused novel largely in Homewood, the black neighborhood in Pittsburgh that he's ... Read full review

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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

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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JOHN EDGAR WIDEMAN is the author of more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, including the award-winning Brothers and Keepers , Philadelphia Fire , and most recently the story collection God's Gym . He is the recipient of two PEN/ Faulkner Awards and has been nominated for the National Book Award. He teaches at Brown University.

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