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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (989 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edward P. Jones Narrator: James Peter Francis Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 14 sweeping and sublime stories, five of which have been published in The New Yorker, the best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Known World shows that his grasp of the human condition is firmer than ever.

Returning to the city that inspired his first prize-winning book, Lost in the City, Jones has filled this new collection with people who call Washington, D.C., home. Yet it is not the city's power brokers that most concern him but rather its ordinary citizens. All Aunt Hagar's Children turns an unflinching eye to the men, women, and children caught between the old ways of the South and the temptations that await them further north, people who in Jones' masterful hands, emerge as fully human and morally complex, whether they are country folk used to getting up with the chickens or people with centuries of education behind them.

In the title story, in which Jones employs the first-person rhythms of a classic detective story, a Korean War veteran investigates the death of a family friend whose sorry destiny seems inextricable from his mother's own violent Southern childhood. In In the Blink of God's Eye and Tapestry, newly married couples leave behind the familiarity of rural life to pursue lives of urban promise, only to be challenged and disappointed.

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

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Arjen | 2/19/2014

    " An interesting string of short stories all set in African American families in Washington DC. The author parades an endless cast of characters through his pages, raw and unapologetic and quite often with a mystical twist. Jones is a master in creating a fictional reality within the 40 pages of each story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Anna | 2/18/2014

    " Jones has a way of making history a part of the present; these short stories are dense, and each story seems to tell many stories besides the one which is its focus. I'm not sure I'm doing a good job of getting across the feel of these stories: they each seem to have such a weight to them; all of his characters carry not only their present moments, but their pasts and their possible futures around with them, and Jones makes the reader feel this. For the most part, these stories are centered around perfectly ordinary moments, and this is the other part of what I loved about the book: none of these ordinary moments, or ordinary people, feels ordinary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jen | 2/13/2014

    " The thing I admire most about Edward P. Jones is his ability to compress time. Also, the characters and their situations are carefully nuanced, bending expectations of race and gender, often in a comical, piercing way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Enid | 2/10/2014

    " Short stories. I'm not African American, so I may be mislead, but these seem to be stories not specifically about African Americans but about people who are African American. If that is true, then it is a relief to read from an author writing without an agenda. It seems to me that those African Americans we are most likely to meet in print are stereotypes or have an agenda. I like people as people, whatever their skin tone, accent or birthplace. I enjoyed meeting these people. "

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