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RAILS UNDER MY BACK. With a bookplate signed by the author.

Allen, Jeffrey Renard

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ISBN 10: 0374246262 / ISBN 13: 9780374246266
Editorial: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York, NY, 2000
Condición: Near fine condition Encuadernación de tapa dura
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563 pages of text. Hardcover binding. Unclipped dustjacket protected in archival mylar. Bookplate signed by author affixed to front endpaper; from a Heartland Literary Society event. Size: Octavo (8vo). N° de ref. de la librería 004354

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Título: RAILS UNDER MY BACK. With a bookplate signed...

Editorial: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York, NY

Año de publicación: 2000

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro: Near fine condition

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Near fine condition (DJ)

Ejemplar firmado: Signed

Edición: First Edition.

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Sinopsis:

An astonishing debut novel, exploring the bonds, boundaries, and bondage of an African American family.

Rails Under My Back is a daring work of art that reveals its family theme in a stunning depiction of its paradoxically opposite: abandonment.

In this multifaceted, brilliantly colored, intensely musical novel, Jeffery Renard Allen tracks the interwoven lives of two brothers, Lucius and John Jones, who are married to two sisters, Gracie and Sheila McShan. For them, their parents, and their children, life is always full of departures; someone is always fleeing town and leaving the remaining family to suffer the often dramatic, sometimes tragic consequences. The multiple effects of the comings and goings are devastating: these are the almost mythic expression of the African American experience during the past half-century.

Rails Under My Back ranges, as the characters do, from the City, which is somewhat like both New York and Chicago, to Memphis, to the West, and to many "inner" and "outer" locales. One image that holds the family together is that of the railroads taking them from place to place-from the South to the North, from their living to their working quarters, from one form of bondage or freedom to another. The McShans and the Joneses somehow prevail, in their bigger-than-life way, and their story has extraordinary literary, religious, and historical power. Allen's voice is unforgettable.

About the Author:

Jeffery Renard Allen was born in Chicago in 1962. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has lived in New York City and taught at Queens College since the fall of 1992.

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