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Mending the World: Stories of Family by Contemporary Black Writers

by Rosemarie Robotham (Editor)

Other authors: Janus Adams (Contributor), Malaika Adero (Contributor), Maya Angelou (Preface), Tina McElroy Ansa (Contributor), Breena Clarke (Contributor)27 more, Pearl Cleage (Foreword), William Jelani Cobb (Contributor), Fred D'Aguiar (Contributor), Edwidge Danticat (Contributor), Alexis de Veaux (Contributor), Toi Derricotte (Contributor), Debra Dickerson (Contributor), Gerald Early (Contributor), Nelson Eubanks (Contributor), Rachel M. Harper (Contributor), Kendel Hippolyte (Contributor), Charles Johnson (Contributor), Jamaica Kincaid (Contributor), Andrea Lee (Contributor), Paule Marshall (Contributor), James McBride (Contributor), Diane McKinney-Whetstone (Contributor), April Reynolds (Contributor), Rosemarie Robotham (Contributor), Olive Senior (Contributor), Martha Southgate (Contributor), Alice Walker (Contributor), Rebecca Walker (Contributor), Valerie Wilson Wesley (Contributor), Paulette Childress White (Contributor), Jacqueline Woodson (Contributor), Shay Youngblood (Contributor)

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The many facets of black family life have not always been fully visible in American literature. Black families have often been portrayed as chaotic, fractured, and emotionally devastated, and historians and sociologists are just beginning to acknowledge the resilience and strength of African American families through centuries of hardship. In Mending the World, a host of beloved writers celebrate the richness of black family life, revealing how deep, complicated, and joyous modern kinship can be.From James McBride's tender recollection of the man who claimed eight stepchildren as his own to Toi Derricotte's moving portrait of a pregnant teenager who decides to keep her child; from Debra Dickerson's lament over the shooting that crippled her nephew to Charles Johnson's whimsical look at a married couple's mid-life crisis; from Shay Youngblood's moving fictional evocation of a lost mother to poet Kendel Hippolyte's poignant telling of a father's unexpected legacy, this inspiring volume presents-through fiction, memoir, and poetry-a multi-layered and optimistic portrait of today's black America.Mending the World features fiction, personal memoir, and poetry by new writers (some publishing here for the first time) and established members of the canon.… (more)
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Robotham, RosemarieEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, JanusContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adero, MalaikaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Angelou, MayaPrefacesecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ansa, Tina McElroyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clarke, BreenaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cleage, PearlForewordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cobb, William JelaniContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
D'Aguiar, FredContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Danticat, EdwidgeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
de Veaux, AlexisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Derricotte, ToiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dickerson, DebraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Early, GeraldContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Eubanks, NelsonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harper, Rachel M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hippolyte, KendelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Johnson, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kincaid, JamaicaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, AndreaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Marshall, PauleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McBride, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McKinney-Whetstone, DianeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reynolds, AprilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Robotham, RosemarieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Senior, OliveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Southgate, MarthaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Walker, AliceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Walker, RebeccaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wesley, Valerie WilsonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
White, Paulette ChildressContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Woodson, JacquelineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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The many facets of black family life have not always been fully visible in American literature. Black families have often been portrayed as chaotic, fractured, and emotionally devastated, and historians and sociologists are just beginning to acknowledge the resilience and strength of African American families through centuries of hardship. In Mending the World, a host of beloved writers celebrate the richness of black family life, revealing how deep, complicated, and joyous modern kinship can be.From James McBride's tender recollection of the man who claimed eight stepchildren as his own to Toi Derricotte's moving portrait of a pregnant teenager who decides to keep her child; from Debra Dickerson's lament over the shooting that crippled her nephew to Charles Johnson's whimsical look at a married couple's mid-life crisis; from Shay Youngblood's moving fictional evocation of a lost mother to poet Kendel Hippolyte's poignant telling of a father's unexpected legacy, this inspiring volume presents-through fiction, memoir, and poetry-a multi-layered and optimistic portrait of today's black America.Mending the World features fiction, personal memoir, and poetry by new writers (some publishing here for the first time) and established members of the canon.

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