Song of the shank: a novel

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Graywolf Press,
Pub. Date:
2014.
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English
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A contemporary American masterpiece about music, race, an unforgettable man, and an unreal America during the Civil War era At the heart of this remarkable novel is Thomas Greene Wiggins, a nineteenth-century slave and improbable musical genius who performed under the name Blind Tom. Song of the Shank opens in 1866 as Tom and his guardian, Eliza Bethune, struggle to adjust to their fashionable apartment in the city in the aftermath of riots that had driven them away a few years before. But soon a stranger arrives from the mysterious island of Edgemere--inhabited solely by African settlers and black refugees from the war and riots--who intends to reunite Tom with his now-liberated mother. As the novel ranges from Tom's boyhood to the heights of his performing career, the inscrutable savant is buffeted by opportunistic teachers and crooked managers, crackpot healers and militant prophets. In his symphonic novel, Jeffery Renard Allen blends history and fantastical invention to bring to life a radical cipher, a man who profoundly changes all who encounter him.

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subject_facet African American musicians -- Fiction, Biographical fiction, American, Blind Tom, -- 1849-1908 -- Childhood and youth -- Fiction, Blind Tom, -- 1849-1908 -- Fiction, Blind musicians -- United States -- Fiction, Exploitation -- Fiction, Historical fiction, American, Mothers and sons -- Fiction, Pianists -- United States -- Fiction, Slavery -- Fiction
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