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Praisesong for the widow     Cover Image Book Book

Praisesong for the widow


Summary: "Avey Johnson--a Black, middle-aged, middle-class widow given to hats, gloves, and pearls--has long since put behind her the Harlem of her childhood. Then on a cruise to the Caribbean with two friends, inspired by a troubling dream, she senses her life beginning to unravel--and in a panic packs her bag in the middle of the night and abandons her friends at the next port of call. The unexpected and beautiful adventure that follows provides Avey with the links to the culture and history she has so long disavowed. Originally published in 1983, Praisesong for the Widow was a recipient of the Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award, and is presented here in a beautiful new hardcover edition as the second title in McSweeney's Of the Diaspora series." --

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  • ISBN: 1952119049
  • ISBN: 9781952119040
  • Physical Description: 310 pages ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: San Francisco, CA: McSweeney's, © 2021.

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General Note: Part of the "Of the Diaspora" series.
Originally published in 1983.
Subject: African diaspora
Caribbean Area
Women travelers
Ocean travel
Grenadian Americans
African American women
Grenada Fiction
American fiction 20th century
Ocean travel Fiction
Women travelers Fiction
Caribbean Area Fiction
Grenadian Americans Fiction
Americans Grenada Fiction
African American women Fiction
African diaspora Fiction
Genre: Fiction.
Psychological fiction.

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