generations, sweeping across a century and a half of almost unknown history,
this acclaimed and unexpectedly funny novel is the story of a man seeking
himself in the mirror of his family’s past.
There were Canes in Canada before
the United States erupted into civil war. Their roots are deep, their legacy is
rich, but Langston Cane V knows little of his heritage. He is thirty-eight,
divorced, and childless and has just been fired for sabotaging a government
official’s speech. The eldest son of a white mother and prominent black father,
Langston feels more acutely than ever the burden of his illustrious family name
and his racially mixed heritage. To be black in a white society is hard enough;
to be half-black, half-white is to have no identity at all. Or so Langston
believes. After a run-in with his father, Langston takes off for his feisty
aunt’s house in Baltimore, where he embarks on a remarkable quest for his
It is said that those who forget history are condemned to repeat
it, but to Langston, history offers not condemnation but reprieve. For when he
stumbles across a treasure trove of family documents, he sets off on a journey
through time that will lead him back to the famous antislavery raid on Harpers
Ferry, Virginia, and the great-great-grandfather who fought beside John Brown.
He rediscovers the long line of relatives who have battled for racial justice,
decade after decade. He finds passion, dignity, and courage—and, at last, by
unearthing and giving voice to those who came before him, he finds himself.
in historical detail and gracefully flowing from the slave trade of nineteenth-century
Virginia to the present, Any Known Blood gives life to a story never
before told, a story of five generations of a black Canadian family whose
tragedies and victories merge with the American experience.
Download and start listening now!