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A Glance Away

Wideman, John Edgar

ISBN 10: 0850317398 / ISBN 13: 9780850317398
Published by Allison & Busby, 1986
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Black binding, gilt titles. First UK edfition. Inscribed by author on title page. Author's first novel. A near fine copy with light soil to DJ at spine. 186 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 11000

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Title: A Glance Away

Publisher: Allison & Busby

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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John Edgar Wideman's first novel, A Glance Away, was published in 1967 when the author was just 26 years old. The New York Times Book Review raved "Here is a novelist of high seriousness and depth. He has all sorts of literary gifts, including a poet's flair for a taut, meaningful, emotional language." The action unfolds over the course of a single day, but deftly jumps through time to interweave the life journeys of two very different men whose paths converge one unforgettable evening with surprising and unforgettable results. Eddie Lawson, a young African-American, has spent a year kicking his drug habit and finally returned home. Robert Thurley, a white college professor, is on the verge of crumbling under the weight of haunting family memories, alcoholism, and a tormented struggle with his ambiguous sexual identity. Their encounter forcefully illustrates the consequences of our failure to understand one another, and the transformative possibilities that open up for those brave enough to try.

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