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The Fisher King

Marshall, Paule

Published by Scribner, 2000
ISBN 10: 0684872838 / ISBN 13: 9780684872834
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Title: The Fisher King

Publisher: Scribner

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket

Edition: 1st Edition.

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New York. 2000. Scribner. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 222 pages. hardcover. Signed by The Author. 0684872838. keywords: Literature America Women Black African American. inventory # 28272. FROM THE PUBLISHER - ‘When Marshall writes about those she truly loves, she cannot be resisted. She brings an instinctive understanding, a generosity and a free humor that combines to form a style remarkable for its courage, its color, and its natural control.’ - The New Yorker. In 1949, Sonny-Rett Payne, a black jazz pianist, fled New York for Paris to escape both his family’s disapproval of his art and the racism that shadowed his career. His spectacular success in Europe and his subsequent death there form the dramatic background of Paule Marshall’s gorgeous fifth novel, a moving and revelatory story of jazz, love, family conflict, and the artist’s struggles in society. Decades after Sonny-Rett left, his eight-year-old Parisian grandson is brought to his old Brooklyn neighborhood to attend a memorial concert in Payne’s honor. The child’s visit reveals the persistent rivalries within the family and the community that drove his grandfather into exile. Will the young boy be a harbinger of change and reconciliation or a pawn in the power struggle of those who now wish to claim him in Sonny-Rett’s name? Marshall, who grew up in Brooklyn and set her first novel there - the classic BRWON GIRL, BROWNSTONES - deftly makes the neighborhood itself a protagonist. With characters of astonishing depth and complexity, she chronicles the myths, betrayals, and angers that can alienate people for decades. Yet THE FISHER KING offers hope in the healing and redemptive power of one memorable boy. Bookseller Inventory # 28272

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Synopsis: In 1949, Sonny-Rett Payne, a black jazz pianist, fled New York for Paris to escape both his family's disapproval of his art and the racism that shadowed his career. His spectacular success in Europe and his subsequent death there form the dramatic background of Paule Marshall's gorgeous fifth novel, a moving and revelatory story of jazz, love, family conflict, and the artist's struggles in society.

Decades after Sonny-Rett left, his eight-year-old Parisian grandson is brought to his old Brooklyn neighborhood to attend a memorial concert in Payne's honor. The child's visit reveals the persistent rivalries within the family and the community that drove his grandfather into exile. Will the young boy be a harbinger of change and reconciliation or a pawn in the power struggle of those who now wish to claim him in Sonny-Rett's name?

Marshall, who grew up in Brooklyn and set her first novel there -- the classic "Brown Girl, Brownstones" -- deftly makes the neighborhood itself a protagonist. With characters of astonishing depth and complexity, she chronicles the myths, betrayals, and angers that can alienate people for decades. Yet "The Fisher King" offers hope in the healing and redemptive power of one memorable boy.

About the Author: Paule Marshall teaches in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University, where her yearly reading series featuring the work of young black writers is a popular event. She is the author of six books, including her classic novel Brown Girl, Brownstones. Among her many awards and honors are a John Dos Passos Award for Literature, an American Book Award, and a MacArthur Fellowship. She lives in New York City and Richmond, Virginia.

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