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A Visitation of Spirits

(1989)
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"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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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July 1989 : USA Hardback
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Title: Visitation of Spirits: A Novel
Author(s): Randall Kenan
ISBN: 0-8021-1118-1 / 978-0-8021-1118-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Pr
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Paperback Editions

December 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Visitation of Spirits: A Novel
Author(s): Randall Kenan
ISBN: 0-8021-5929-X / 978-0-8021-5929-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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January 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Visitation of Spirits: A Novel
Author(s): Randall Kenan
ISBN: 0-375-70397-7 / 978-0-375-70397-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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February 1996 : UK Paperback
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Title: Visitation Of Spirits
Author(s): Randall Kenan
ISBN: 0-349-10580-4 / 978-0-349-10580-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Abacus
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October 1990 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Visitation of Spirits: A Novel
Author(s): Randall Kenan
ISBN: 0-385-41505-2 / 978-0-385-41505-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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