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Philadelphia Fire

WIDEMAN, John Edgar

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ISBN 10: 0805012664 / ISBN 13: 9780805012668
Published by Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1990
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Small 4to. Brown cloth spine and green paper over boards, dust jacket. 199pp. Near fine/near fine. A tight and nice first edition, signed and inscribed huge, bold and sloppy by the author in black ballpoint on the title page: "For Sherrard / J.". Bookseller Inventory # 36117

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Title: Philadelphia Fire

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, New York

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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At once personal and political, this novel about being Black and male in white America depicts an unyielding core of individual resistance and demonstrates with tragic immediacy how America's mixed signals foster false hopes

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When African-American writer Cudjoe returns to his hometown of Philadelphia to write a book about the 1985 police firebombing of a black cult, his homecoming spurs within him a myriad of memories and impressions. While recalling the abandonment of his white wife and two children, his failed novel and a dead mentor, he provides rich observation about the about the crumbling state of a once-beloved city. As his research unfolds, he examines issues of sex, race and the life of the city, ultimately uncovering information that sets the entire city into motion. Philadelphia Fire won the PEN/Faulkner Award for 1991.

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