In the Arms of Our Elders

In the Arms of Our Elders

by William Henry Lewis


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In these nine short stories that Ann Beattie called "a powerful first collection, " Lewis brilliantly captures the complexity of African-American family life. With memories as sublime as they are precise, Lewis' characters live in these pages, struggle for meaning, and learn to love each other. The spirits that connect us all are embodied in these wise, confused, passionate people and moments poetic in their shadings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780932112354
Publisher: Blair
Publication date: 02/01/1995
Pages: 143
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

William Henry Lewis is the prizewinning author of a previous story collection,In the Arms of Our Elders. His fiction has appeared in America's top literary journals and several anthologies. He has been honored with many awards, including a prize for short fiction from the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation, he was a finalist for the 2005 PEN Faulkner Prize for Fiction, and he is the 2006 recipient of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association Fiction Honor Award.

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In the Arms of Our Elders 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
StormWorldTrilogyGuy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate enough to study writing with William Henry Lewis and remember how precise he was as a writer. Looking over his stories, I'm still impressed by his precision of voice and style and his natural sense of pacing--especially considering that he was writing these stories at such a young age! This is a book for anyone who enjoys studying how a good story is crafted. I particularly enjoyed "Other People's Houses," but "A man and his son went looking for pine planks" always haunted me for some reason.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing author captures the depth of the human experience via his own African American experience. I can't wait to read more from William Lewis. Feels like a Duke Ellington suite. Down to earth, bluesy and sophisticated. Buy it. And read it twice !