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Bombingham

Written by Anthony Grooms

Bombingham
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Category: Fiction - Literary; Fiction - African American - Historical; Fiction - African American - General
Imprint: One World/Ballantine
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: October 2002
Price: $15.00
Can. Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45293-1 (0-345-45293-3)
Pages: 320



 
Selected for Common Reading at
Alabama A&M University
Claflin University
Florida A&M University
Milwaukee University
Otterbein College
SUNY Oswego


From the war-torn rice fields of Vietnam to the riot-filled streets of Birmingham, Alabama, Bombingham is the affecting story of a middle-class black family shattered by its personal chaos. As young African-American Walter Burke struggles to make sense of his presence in Vietnam, he wonders if the victory of the civil rights movement meant nothing more than being sent into a battlefield of another kind. Joining two pivotal periods in the American experience, this beautifully written novel from the winner of the 1996 Lillian Smith Award for Fiction makes an important contribution to our understanding of the period.

“Too many of our younger generation know nothing about the struggle, the sacrifices, the dying of our people during those demonstrations of the fifties and the sixties. And older people too should be reminded, so that they’ll never forget. . . . [Bombingham] is about a subject and a time we should never forget.” –Ernest Gaines, author of A Lesson Before Dying

“A captivating and unsentimental recollection of daily life in the segregated South.”
—Booklist



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Anthony Grooms was educated at the College of William and Mary and at George Mason University. He is the author of ICE POEMS and TROUBLE NO MORE: STORIES and winner of the 1996 Lillian Smith Award. As a writer, teacher, and arts administrator, he has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs. He is currently the Professor of Creative Writing at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, and lives in Atlanta with his wife, Pamela B. Jackson.





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