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All Aunt Hagar's Children


by Edward P. Jones

All Aunt Hagar's Children
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    Aug 2006, 416 pages
    Aug 2007, 416 pages

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With the legacy of slavery just a stone's throw away and the future uncertain, Jones's cornucopia of characters will haunt readers for years to come. Short stories

Following his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Known World, Jones presents a collection of fourteen short stories centered in Washington D.C - the same location as his first book of short stories, Lost in the City - a place that he knows well having been born and raised there. All the stories in Lost in the City take place in a contemporary time frame, but the stories in All Aunt Hagar's Children encompass the entire 20th century seen from a range of African-American perspectives.

Like Jones's mother, his characters mainly originate from the rural South and are coping with the urbanization of their lives with varying degrees of success. However, even though most have left to find a better life, many of the older people tend to long for the life they knew when they were young - a time somewhere in the short period following the northern migration of the children and ...

About the author: Over the past 14 years Edward P. Jones has earned more than $500,000 in book prizes (including The PEN/Hemingway Award for Lost in The City and the Pulitzer, National Book Critics Circle Award and Lannan Literary Award for The Known World, plus a MacArthur "genius" grant). In addition, he has published three books, taught fiction at Princeton University, George Mason University, and the University of Maryland and been published in a variety of magazines. However, money is of little interest to him - he lives in a building at the top of Embassy Row in Washington D.C. (having moved from a noisy apartment in Arlington, VA) but despite having lived there for two years, has very little in the way of furniture. When he first moved into his apartment, friends took him shopping but after the third week of couch-hunting he gave up - it was too much ...

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