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Black Folk Could Fly

(2022)
Selected Writings by Randall Kenan
A non fiction book by

 
 
A personal, social, and intellectual self-portrait of the beloved and enormously influential late Randall Kenan, a master of both fiction and nonfiction.

“Rich in identity,” as he described himself, Randall Kenan wrote widely and profoundly about what it meant to be Black, gay, and Southern. He confessed himself “elusive”—yet revealed himself in astonishing prose—memories of his three mothers (especially Mama, his great-aunt); recollections of his boyhood fear of snakes and his rapture in books; his sensual evocations of tobacco picking and hogkilling, butterbeans and scuppernongs, of the eastern North Carolina lowlands where he grew up. Here too is his intellectual coming-of-age: his passion for science fiction; his informed and ecstatic appreciations of James Baldwin, Ingmar Bergman, Gordon Parks, and Eartha Kitt; his grappling with the politics and meaning of race (a fiction) and home (an inescapable, visceral reality).

This powerful collection is a testament to a polymathic mind, a wise soul, and a sublimely gifted writer from whom readers will always wish to have more to read.





Hardback Editions

August 2022 : USA Hardback
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Title: Black Folk Could Fly: Selected Writings by Randall Kenan
Author(s): Randall Kenan
ISBN: 0-393-88216-0 / 978-0-393-88216-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

August 2022 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Black Folk Could Fly: Selected Writings by Randall Kenan
Author(s): Randall Kenan
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA