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By Jeffery Renard Allen | Comments: ( 690 ) | Date: ( May 26, 2020 )

A dazzling family saga that brilliantly reflects the reality of the African American experience in the United StatesHatch and Jesus Jones are cousins on their fathers side and on their mothers side, and you can t have a family much bound than that And family is the most important entity for these young men, even when family seems to be defined by abandonment RailsA dazzling family saga that brilliantly reflects the reality of the African American experience in the United StatesHatch and Jesus Jones are cousins on their fathers side and on their mothers side, and you can t have a family much bound than that And family is the most important entity for these young men, even when family seems to be defined by abandonment Rails Under My Back traces these two men from one form of bondage or freedom to another, from one job to another, as they face down danger and try to come to terms with their family s past.This ambitious novel, which has been hailed by critics nationwide as a rare achievement on the level of fiction by Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, and Richard Wright, is the communal expression of a century of African American life in America, with its imagery of exodus and exile, departure and destiny It wields extraordinary literary, religious, and historical power, and announces the triumphant debut of a most powerful and utterly original voice.


  • Title: Rails Under My Back
  • Author: Jeffery Renard Allen
  • ISBN: 9780156014151
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Jeffery Renard Allen

Jeffery Renard Allen is an Associate Professor of English at Queens College of the City University of New York, the author of two collections of poetry, Stellar Places Moyer Bell 2007 and Harbors and Spirits Moyer Bell 1999 , and of the widely celebrated and influential novel, Rails Under My Back Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2000 , which won The Chicago Tribune s Heartland Prize for Fiction His other awards include a Whiting Writer s Award, The Chicago Public Library s Twenty first Century Award, a Recognition for Pioneering Achievements in Fiction from the African American Literature and Culture Association, a support grant from Creative Capital, and the 2003 Charles Angoff Award for Fiction from The Literary Review He has been a fellow at The Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library, a John Farrar Fellow in Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and a Walter E Dakins Fellow in Fiction at the Sewanee Writers Conference.His essays, reviews, fiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous publications, including The Chicago Tribune, Poets Writers, Triquarterly, Ploughshares, Bomb, Hambone, The Antioch Review, StoryQuarterly, African Voices, African American Review, Callaloo, Arkansas Review, Other Voices, Black Renaissance Noire, Notre Dame Review, The Literary Review, and XCP Cross Cultural Poetics His work has also appeared in several anthologies, including 110 Stories New York Writes after September 11, Rainbow Darkness An Anthology of African American Poetry, and Homeground Language for an American Landscape.Born in Chicago, Renard Allen holds a PhD in English Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago Besides teaching at Queens College including, as of fall 2007, in the college s new MFA program in creative writing , Allen is also an instructor in the graduate writing program at New School University He has also taught for Cave Canem, the Summer Literary Seminars program in St Petersburg, Russia, and Nairobi, Kenya, and in the writing program at Columbia University In addition, he is the director of the Pan African Literary Forum, a writers conference in Accra, Ghana, to be held in the summer of 2008 A resident of Far Rockaway, Queens, Allen is presently at work on the novel Song of the Shank, based on the life of Thomas Greene Wiggins, a nineteenth century African American piano virtuoso and composer who performed under the stage name Blind Tom.



Comments Rails Under My Back

  • Gillik

    This book does amazing things with language. I can see why there aren't a lot of reviews for it, it's certainly not a fast or easy read. There are no quotation marks and sentences blur together, thoughts of one character becoming memories of another. But turn to any page and learn ways to twist, stack, break open words. A master class on the act of writing even beyond the plot (which is a free-roaming look at one Black family's life and times in this weird jumble we call America). With character [...]


  • Venessa

    A first novel, experimental in form; jumping back and forth in one family’s time, but starting and ending with the event that will change their lives forever. Brilliant and complex, with themes of travel (by rail of course) tying the generations together.


  • Kate

    Opening this book was like getting thrown into a culture and world I had no knowledge of except for media stereotypes which are hard to accept. But I was drawn to it by the music of the words, the very poetry of images: "The earth cooled. A heat hushed night, The heavens low-hanging. Moonlight soft-showered the window. You rested under the white bedspread translucent from use, safe now"Descriptions so wonderfully strange: referring to T-Bone, "Held his barking bull dog taytoos in check with the [...]


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