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Memory of Kin

Memory of Kin

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Edited by Mary Helen WashingtonAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Mary Helen Washington

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • On Sale: December 1, 1990
  • Price: $17.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-385-24783-2 (0-385-24783-4)
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Critic, essayist, and anthologist Mary Helen Washington has chosen as the theme of her newest collection "the family as a living mystery." She selected nineteen stories and twelve poems by some of this century's leading black authors that oblige the reader to observe the complexities of the family in new and provocative ways.

Table of Contents


The Extended Family
The Ideas of Ancestry / Etheridge Knight
Just Like a Tree (1968) / Ernest J. Gaines
Commentary on Ernest J. Gaines

Wives and Husbands
The Wedding (1958) / June Jordan
The Poker Party (1961) / William Melvin Kelley
Commentary on William Melvin Kelley
Roselily (1972) / Alice Walker
Commentary on Alice Walker
The Wife of His Youth (1899) / Charles Chesnutt
Commentary on Charles Chesnutt

Mothers and Daughters
Momma (1984) / Paulette Childress White
Black Mother Woman (1982) / Audre Lorde
Mother (1984) / Andrea Lee
Commentary on Andrea Lee
The Circling Hand (1985) / Jamaica Kincaid
Commentary on Jamaica Kincaid
Getting the Facts of Life (1989) / Paulette Childress White
Commentary on Paulette Childress White

Fathers and Daughters
forgiving my father (1980) / Lucille Clifton
New African (1984) / Andrea Lee

Mothers and Sons
Mother to Son (1926) / Langston Hughes
The Sky is Gray (1968) / Ernest J. Gaines

Fathers and Sons
Those Winter Sundays (1966) / Robert Hayden
Forty in the Shade (1983) / John McCluskey, Jr.
Commentary on John McCluskey, Jr.
A Long Day in November (1968) / Ernest J. Gaines

The House Slave (1980) / Rita Dove
Little Brother (1989) / John Edgar Wideman
Commentary on John Edgar Wideman
Adventures of the Dread Sisters (1989) / Alexis De Vaux
Commentary on Alexis De Vaux

My Brother Is Homemade (1986) / Sam Cornish
Sonny’s Blues (1957) / James Baldwin
Commentary on James Baldwin

Aunts and Uncles
The House on Norwood (1986) / Toi Derricotte
Aunt Carrie (1985) / Rita Dove
Commentary on Rita Dove
Gorilla, My Love (1971) / Toni Cade Bambara
Commentay on Tone Cade Bambara

My Grandfather Walks in the Woods (1989) / Marilyn Waniek
The Weakness (1986) / Toi Derricotte
To Da-duh, In Memoriam (1967) / Paule Marshall
Commentary on Paule Marshall
Miss Cynthie (1933) / Rudolph Fisher
Commentary on Rudolph Fisher