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Thereafter Johnnie

Herron, Carolivia

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ISBN 10: 0394576446 / ISBN 13: 9780394576442
Published by Random House, U.S.A., 1991
Condition: As New Hardcover
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This, the author's first novel has earned strong reviews for those who follow the Afro-American and American Literary tradition. Book and BroDart protected jacket are fine, without faults. This unread copy is gift quality. First edition / first printing. Ships in bubble wrap in box. Bookseller Inventory # BX10-12

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Title: Thereafter Johnnie

Publisher: Random House, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Based on classical epic structure, the saga of Johnnie, the mute daughter of an incestuous union, and her odyssey in search of her story confronts issues of race, xenophobia, love and shattered myths

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Bold and brilliant, this lyrical first novel is a compelling modern epic, an allegory of civilization revealed in the pain and passions of an educated African-American family. Composed of 24 parts anchored in the hours of the day, this cyclical tale traces--into the past and future--its heroine's search for her identity. Johnnie Snowdon, mute until the age of 14, is born of the incestuous union between her mother, Patricia, and Patricia's father. When her mother succumbs to madness and commits suicide, Johnnie, who has only vague clues about her father's identity, sets out to find and understand her family. Her odyssey parallels a race war that starts in the nation's capital, as Third World countries battle the U.S. In incantatory prose, Herron evokes the complex eroticism that produced Johnnie, capturing in that metaphor--which is extended in the Snowdon family dynamics--the tensions between black and white, those in power and those in need, those who destroy and those who are self-destructive. Her narrative spans the history of African-Americans, including the incestuous relationships of slaveholders and slaves. Finally, the questing, courageous Johnnie, born of suffering, exemplifies the light that might guide humans toward humane conduct.
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