Details

ISBN-10: 0393882160
ISBN-13: 9780393882162
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 08/09/2022
Dimensions: 9.21" L, 6.29" W, 1.03" H

Black Folk Could Fly: Selected Writings by Randall Kenan

Introduction by: Tayari Jones

Hardcover

Price: $27.95

Overview

Virtuosic in his use of literary forms, nurtured and unbounded by his identities as a Black man, a gay man, an intellectual, and a Southerner, Randall Kenan was known for his groundbreaking fiction. Less visible were his extraordinary nonfiction essays, published as introductions to anthologies and in small journals, revealing countless facets of Kenan’s life and work.

Flying under the radar, these writings were his most personal and autobiographical: memories of the three women who raised him–a grandmother, a schoolteacher great-aunt, and the great-aunt’s best friend; recollections of his boyhood fear of snakes and his rapturous discoveries in books; sensual evocations of the land, seasons, and crops–the labor of tobacco picking and hog killing–of the eastern North Carolina lowlands where he grew up; and the food (oh the deliriously delectable Southern foods!) that sustained him. Here too is his intellectual coming of age; his passionate appreciations of kindred spirits as far-flung as Eartha Kitt, Gordon Parks, Ingmar Bergman, and James Baldwin. This powerful collection is a testament to a great mind, a great soul, and a great writer from whom readers will always wish to have more to read.

Author

Read More
Reviews
Each essay in this collection is an education, an illumination, a bridge from the past to the present, to the future, as long as Randall Kenan's writing is read. The breadth of his knowledge of life, food, literature, American history, his own history, touches down here again and again in moments of mixed grace, candor, and wit. The result is a book you sit with instead of rush through, lingering like you might with a friend when you just don't want to say goodbye.–Alexander Chee, author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel
More Reviews

Details

ISBN-10: 0393882160
ISBN-13: 9780393882162
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 08/09/2022
Dimensions: 9.21" L, 6.29" W, 1.03" H
Skip to content