Brothers And Keepers (Paperback)

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A haunting portrait of lives arriving at different destinies, Brothers and Keepers is John Edgar Wideman''s seminal memoir about two brothers -- one an award-winning novelist, the other a fugitive wanted for robbery and murder. Wideman recalls the capture of his younger brother Robby, details the subsequent trials that resulted in a sentence of life in prison, and provides vivid views of the American prison system.
A gripping, unsettling account, Brothers and Keepers weighs the bonds of blood, tenderness, and guilt that connect Wideman to his brother and measures the distance that lies between them.

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Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Mfg Part# 9780618509638
SKU 39817834
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0618509631
Release Date 4/10/2007
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Author Info
John Edgar Wideman
Wideman grew up in the black section of Pittsburgh, interested mainly in basketball and storytelling. He has a degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he had a basketball scholarship, made Phi Beta Kappa, and was one of 11 blacks on a campus of 3000 students. After college, he attended Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar--only the second African-American to receive this honor) and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has taught at various universities. His first novel, A GLANCE AWAY, was published in 1967, but he became well known after the publication of his third, SENT FOR YOU YESTERDAY, in 1983, for which he received the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. He won the award again in 1990 for PHILADELPHIA FIRE to become the first author to win more than once. Nearly everything he writes, including a moving account of his troubled brother ("BROTHERS AND KEEPERS), reflects his experiences as a black urban male in late 20th-century America, and much of his fiction draws heavily on his early life. In 1993, Wideman was awarded a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant.
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"Mr. Wideman has succeeded brilliantly in both understanding his brother's life and coming to terms with his own."
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Annotation This book is Mr. Wideman's personal account of his brother Robby's life imprisonment for murder and robbery, evoked in distinct contrast to his own life as an English professor at the University of Wyoming.
Editors Note In a study that is part autobiography and part social history, the author documents the life of his younger brother, Robby, who has been imprisoned for life without parole, discussing the reasons for his own success and his brother's tragedy. Reprint.
Editors Note 2 A haunting portrait of lives arriving at different destinies, Brothers and Keepers is John Edgar Wideman’s seminal memoir about two brothers — one an award-winning novelist, the other a fugitive wanted for robbery and murder. Wideman recalls the capture of his younger brother Robby, details the subsequent trials that resulted in a sentence of life in prison, and provides vivid views of the American prison system.A gripping, unsettling account, Brothers and Keepers weighs the bonds of blood, tenderness, and guilt that connect Wideman to his brother and measures the distance that lies between them.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0242
Publisher Mariner Books

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