Sent For You Yesterday by John Edgar Wideman [TRADE PAPERBACK] 1988 • Vintage

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Sent For You Yesterday by John Edgar Wideman


Vintage trade paperback in excellent condition. 

Clean, tight and seemingly unread copy with trace shelf wear and a hint of tanning.

Is the Homewood area of Pittsburg, its black ghetto, a dying area? Is it dead already?

When Albert Wilkes returns to Homewood after seven years on the run, he finds the community whose songs he once played threatened with extinction. Can Homewood survive? Before Wilkes discovers an answer, the police gun him down; but death cannot stop his restless freight-train music, which remains to haunt and inspire younger generations...

Albert Wilkes is the tragic figure at the forefront of this moving and deeply lyrical novel. Lucy and Carl, lovers at thirteen, and Brother Tate, are the inheritors of the music, stories, rituals and legends of Homewood’s past, and they struggle to save what they can. In their talk, dreams and memories, John Wideman uses the cadences of black speech to make poetry of everyday gains and losses: to tell the passion of ordinary lives, the contradictions, perils, pain and love which are the blood and bone of everybody’s America.