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Author: Kelley, William Melvin
Publication Date:Jun 2020
Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $16.00
Book Description:

A searing, provocative satire by one of the most important African-American novelists of the twentieth century that lays bare the abiding racism and the legacy of slavery on the psyche of white America. Mitchell Pierce is a well-off New York ad executive whose marriage is falling apart. He no longer feels any passion for his pregnant wife, Tam, and his toddler son, Jake, has become a disappointment. He feels trapped in an unrewarding and loveless life and though...
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Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.188 x 8 x 0.719 Inches
Book Weight:0.616 Pounds
Author Biography
Kelley, William Melvin (Author)
William Melvin Kelley Jr. was born in Staten Island, New York on November 1, 1937. He studied English at Harvard University. During his senior year, his short story The Poker Game was published in The Harvard Advocate and won the Dana Reed Prize, awarded for the best work of fiction in an undergraduate publication. He left school before graduating to concentrate on writing. His first novel, A Different Drummer, was published in 1962. His other books included Dancers on the Shore, A Drop of Patience, Dem, and Dunfords Travels Everywheres.

He wrote, produced, and starred in Excavating Harlem in 2290, an experimental film made with the video artist Steve Bull and released in 1988. His video diaries of Harlem were edited by Benjamin Oren Abrams into a short film, The Beauty That I Saw, which was shown at the Harlem International Film Festival in 2015. He died from complications of kidney failure on February 1, 2017 at the age of 79.


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