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Holman, John

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ISBN 10: 0899199356 / ISBN 13: 9780899199351
Published by Pub. Ticknor & Fields, 1990, 1990
Condition: Very Good+ Hardcover
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1st edition. Author's first book. SIGNED & INSCRIBED by author to one of his students. Debut collection of short stories probe the lives of blacks in the New South. First book by an African-American w riter born in Durham, N.C., now a resident of Tampa, Florida. Bookseller Inventory # 070401A

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Publisher: Pub. Ticknor & Fields, 1990

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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First edition. A near fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Dust soiling to the edges of the book's upper page block.

From Publishers Weekly:

The narrator of "I Did That," one of the 11 stories in Holman's first collection, aptly describes the numb voyeurism that overtakes many of this Southern writer's characters: "I was convinced that I could disappear if I was silent. I would walk the most dangerous streets--skim them hushed. I discovered other invisibles . . . I moved among them." In Holman's quirky, tragicomic suburban world, people are poised on the periphery of action and transformed reluctantly into participants in contemporary dramas of racism, crime, desire, love and death. The main character in "On Earth" flees his home to avoid witnessing his parents' demise--only to come to terms with his own life amid the drama of a landlady's unforeseen death. In "The Story of Art History," a character's chance encounter with a bum later provides a moment of revelation in a listless, banal existence. Dreams and fantasies merge with the sluggish reality of everyday life, forming a murky realm where personal strength is more often imagined than realized. While Holman's blend of the conscious and unconscious struggles for a balance at times, often he is able to wed fantasy and reality into a delightful, coherent narrative enhanced by carefully crafted images.
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