The New York Times Book Review
An ebullient, philosophical novel...a many splendored and ennobling weaving together of thought, suffering, humor, and magic.The Washington Post
A brilliant novel of allegory, myth, and folk tales, and a vivid realism, very much in the American tradition...It is a novel of rare eloquence and originality, a fable that entertains and informs.Black World
One of the great American novels of this century...unqualifiedly good and extraordinarily beautiful.
About the Author
Charles Johnson, a 1998 MacArthur fellow, is the S. Wilson and Grace M. Pollock Endowed Professor of English at the University of Washington in Seattle. His fiction includes Dr. King's Refrigerator, Dreamer,
and Middle Passage,
for which he won the National Book Award. In 2002 he received the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Seattle.