This long-awaited sequel from the author of the bestselling Invisible Man—the classic novel of African-American experience—tells an evocative tale of a twentieth-century prodigal. Juneteenth is the work of an American master, beautifully crafted, moving, and wise.
Senator Adam Sunraider, who is dying, demands of itinerant preacher Daddy Hickman, "Tell me what happened while there's still time." Sunraider was Bliss when he was a child, an orphan taken in by Hickman and raised to be a preacher like him. Bliss's life spans the joys of a young southern boyhood, bucolic days as a filmmaker, and lovemaking in an Oklahoma field under the sun. And there's a mystery behind it all: how did this chosen child grow up to be the man who would sacrifice everything to achieve his goals?
Here is the master of American vernacular at his peak, evoking jazz and gospel rhythms as well as everyday speech.
“A remarkable book, a work of astounding virtuosity. A giant world of literature has just grown twice as tall as a result of its publication.” —Newsday... Read More