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A VISITATION OF SPIRITS

Kenan, Randall.

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ISBN 10: 0802111181 / ISBN 13: 9780802111180
Published by Grove Press., NY:, 1989
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. Author's first novel. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 12850

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Title: A VISITATION OF SPIRITS

Publisher: Grove Press., NY:

Publication Date: 1989

Edition: 1st edition

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Horace Cross, the 16-year-old descendent of slaves and deacons of the church, spends a horror-filled spring night wrestling with the demons and angels of his brief life. Brilliant, popular, and the bright promise of his elders, Horace struggles with the guilt of discovering who he is, a young man attracted to other men and yearning to escape the narrow confines of Tim's Creek. His cousin, the Reverend James Greene, tries to help Horace but finds he is no more prepared than the older generation to save Horace's soul or his life. And as he views the aftermath of Horace's horrible night, he is left with only questions and the passing of generations. 

In his powerful first novel, Randall Kenan--recipient of the Prix de Rome, the Whiting Award, and other accolades--shows us the effects of a proud family heritage on a generation that must confront a world far removed from anything they are prepared for. 

Told in a montage of voices and memories, A Visitation of the Spirits shows just how richly populated a family's present is with the spirits of the past and the future.

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In a remarkable first novel--uniquely conceived and executed--Randall Kenan has created a vivid portrait of four generations of a Southern black family in rural North Carolina.

"A Visitation Of Spirits marks the debut of a very gifted writer."--Gloria Naylor

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