A number of African-American writers--Malcolm X, Pearl Cleage, and Charles Braxton, among others--relate the importance of their fathers in their lives, including those who see their fathers as heroes and those who are still searching for who their fathers are."
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You don't hear much about African American fathers in the United States, and what you do hear is rarely positive. This collection of moving, deeply personal, and often poignant essays by well- and lesser-known authors presents the missing father, the heroic father, the cruel father, the admirable father, the mourned father. Charlie R. Braxton's "An Open Letter to My Dad" pleads for contact. In "Sweet Summer," Bebe Moore Campell mourns the loss of her father, and the old men of her father's world. And Devorah Major celebrates the gifts of storytelling that her writer father passed down. More than anything, this book will remind you of the impact and complexity of the father-child relationship.From Library Journal:
In this collection of true stories, famous and not-so-famous black men and women reveal their most intimate secrets about their fathers. They speak of fathers who abandoned them and of those who abused their mothers, as well as of their hatred for them. They write letters and poetry to these men relaying their feelings of sorrow, as well as their feelings of joy. From Langston Hughes to Alice Walker, editor Wade-Gayles (Rooted Against the Wind, LJ 10/15/96) has gathered together some of the best literary minds for this anthology to begin a dialog on black fatherhood that, she says, comes not from "sociological studies and statistics, but rather from memory." She includes stories of adoptees in search of their birth parents, painful reunions, and memories of fathers who've passed on. While not all reminiscences are exceptional, they still deserve a respectable place on most library shelves.?Ann Burns, "Library Journal"
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Book Description Beacon Press, U.S.A., 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. New. First. (Presumed as no edition stated and number line starts with 1.) Could be gifted. Dust jacket not price-clipped ($25.00). No marks, bookplate or writing inside. Not a remainder or ex-library. Bookseller Inventory # 002518