Norris, Keenan. Brother And The Dancer: A Novel

Norris, Keenan. Brother And The Dancer: A Novel
Publisher: Heyday
Product Code: 9781597142441
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Author: Norris, Keenan
Title: Brother And The Dancer: A Novel
Publisher: Heyday
Binding: hardcover
Notes: (5.5 x 8)
Publish date: November 2013
Pages: 256 pages
ISBN: 9781597142441
Price: $25
Catalog: Heyday Fall 2013
Season: Fall 2013
Category: Literature

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Winner of the 2012 James D. Houston Award. Keenan Norris’s first novel is a courageous, gritty coming-of-age tale about two young African Americans in the San Bernardino Valley—a story of exceptional power, lyricism, and depth. Erycha and Touissant live only a few miles apart in the city of Highland, but their worlds are starkly separated by the lines of class, violence, and history. In alternating chapters that touch and intertwine only briefly, Brother and the Dancer follows their adolescence and young adulthood on two sides of the city, the luminous San Bernardino Mountain range casting its hot shade over their separate tales in a deeply moving vision of black life in Southern California. PRAISE for Brother and the Dancer: Read Keenan Norris, an important new American writer. His Brother and the Dancer delivers everything we want from a first novel: a story we’ve never read before, a world we’ve never quite known, a vision we’re unfamiliar with. And yet it gives us something more, too, and just as exciting: the prose of a mature artist, and an understanding of the human heart that would seem nearly impossible in a writer so young. I learned many things from this fine and daring book. —Andrew Winer, author of The Marriage Artist. Using bold narrative strategies, Keenan Norris gives us a first novel that is at once sympathetic and unsettling. Norris does not barter with platitudes. His writing demands a sophisticated use of cultural literacy to discern psychological and spiritual patterns that complicate the lives of American youths. Brother and the Dancer is a refreshing signal that fiction in the twenty-first century can still carry the weight of moral imperatives as it mediates chaotic aspects of our heritage. It is most rewarding to savor Norris’s remarkable insights. —Jerry W. Ward Jr., coeditor of The Cambridge History of African American Literature.

Keenan Norris teaches English and African American literature and helps conduct the Affirm program at Evergreen Valley College. His work has appeared in the Santa Monica, Green Mountains, and Evansville reviews, Connotation Press, Inlandia: A Literary Journey through California’s Inland Empire, and BOOM: A Journal of California. He is also the editor of Scarecrow Press’s upcoming collection of critical essays, Street Lit. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Author bio Keenan Norris teaches English and African American literature and helps conduct the Affirm program at Evergreen Valley College. His work has appeared in the Santa Monica, Green Mountains, and Evansville reviews, Connotation Press, Inlandia: A Literary Journey through California’s Inland Empire, and BOOM: A Journal of California. He is also the editor of Scarecrow Press’s upcoming collection of critical essays, Street Lit. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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