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They Tell Me of a Home

They Tell Me of a Home

A Novel

by Daniel Black
Paperback
Publication Date: 29/12/2020
RRP  $20.25 $19.95

They Tell Me of a Home is "a thrilling literary debut...Daniel Black wields a powerful pen, a sharp eye, and muscular prose in giving us a memorable, even haunting story of the ties that bind."--New York Times bestselling author Michael Eric Dyson

Twenty-eight-year-old protagonist Tommy Lee Tyson steps off the Greyhound bus in his hometown of Swamp Creek, Arkansas--a place he left when he was eighteen, vowing never to return. Yet fate and a Ph.D. in black studies force him back to his rural origins as he seeks to understand himself and the black community that produced him.

A cold, nonchalant father and an emotionally indifferent mother make his return, after a ten-year hiatus, practically unbearable, and the discovery of his baby sister's death and her burial in the backyard almost consumes him. His mother watches his agony when he discovers his sister's tombstone, but neither she nor other family members is willing to disclose the secret of her death. Only after being prodded incessantly does his older brother, Willie James, relent and provide Tommy Lee withenough knowledge to figure out exactly what happened and why.

Meanwhile, Tommy's seventy-year-old teacher--lying on her deathbed--asks him to remain in Swamp Creek and assume her position as the headmaster of the one-room schoolhouse. He refuses vehemently and she dies having bequeathed him her five thousand-book collection in the hopes that he will change his mind. Over the course of a one-week visit, riddled with tension, heartache, and revelation, Tommy Lee Tyson discovers truths about his family, his community, and his undeniable connection torural Southern black folk and their ways.

ISBN:
9781250802811
9781250802811
Category:
Classic fiction
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
29-12-2020
Language:
English
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
208.53x141.22x23.88mm
Weight:
0.3kg

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