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Makeda (Small Press Distribution (All Titles)) [Kindle Edition]

Randall Robinson
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Book Description

"Eloquent and erudite, Robinson's oft-times mystical coming-of-age saga teems with rich and evocative historical insights."
--Booklist

"Hypnotic . . . one of the finest novels this year . . . [Robinson] is a gifted storyteller."
--Essence

"Makeda is beyond ambitious and imaginative . . . well written and powerful, with an ending that is equal parts tragic and romantic in nature . . . a breathtaking revelation, weighted with romance and lovely passionate prose."
--New York Journal of Books

"Robinson is not only exploring what it means to be black. His theme of knowing the past before planning the future applies to all cultures, all people. Pick up this odyssey of family drama, history and love, and be prepared to consider your own beginnings."
--Shelf Awareness

Makeda Gee Florida Harris March is a proud matriarch, the anchor and emotional bellwether who holds together a hard-working African American family living in 1950s Richmond, Virginia. Lost in shadow is Makeda's grandson Gray, who begins escaping into the magical world of Makeda's tiny parlor.

Makeda, a woman blind since birth but who has always dreamed in color, begins to confide in Gray the things she "sees" and remembers from her dream state, and a story emerges that is layered with historical accuracy beyond the scope of Makeda's limited education. Gradually, Gray begins to make a connection between his gr

Part coming-of-age story, part spiritual journey, and part love story, Makeda is a universal tale of family, heritage, and the ties that bind. Randall Robinson plumbs the hearts of Makeda and Gray and summons our collective blood memories, taking the reader on an unforgettable journey of the soul that will linger long after the last page has been turned.


Editorial Reviews

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"In Robinson's majestic prose and sweeping historical vision, the tongues of Virginia Woolf, Gabriel García Márquez, and Toni Morrison blend to remind us that we can renew our souls in the eyes of ancestors who return to us in whatever way our lives demand."—Michael Eric Dyson, author of Know What I Mean?

“Rich and detailed . . . Makeda is a lively and irresistible story about family and the coming-of-age of an intelligent black man in twentieth-century America. At once tender, intellectually daring, and emotionally unsettling, Makeda joins that short list of great American novels.”
—Kwame Dawes, award-winning author of She’s Gone

“I have always loved Randall Robinson, and with Makeda I love him more.”
—Bertice Berry, author of Redemption Song

“Above all is Robinson’s way with language; his development of characters who float mythically through a story of epic proportions.”
—Herb Boyd, author of Baldwin’s Harlem

From the Back Cover

"Makeda teases, provokes, challenges, and illuminates the complex, painful, and joyous personal and collective journeys in search of family, identity, love, and place that define us. Like the protagonist Makeda’s many incarnations, this haunting novel of return reminds us that we are all part of something far greater than ourselves, or this moment."
—Jill Nelson, author of the New York Times best seller Volunteer Slavery

"Randall Robinson is not only a legendary freedom fighter, but also a towering public intellectual and powerful novelist. His fascinating new work, Makeda, has great mind, heart, and soul!"
—Cornel West, author of Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, A Memoir

"Makeda is brilliant and path-breaking, filled with passion and compassion. It took hold in my heart and wouldn’t let go. A scholar and a poet uncompromisingly committed to justice, Randall Robinson is a rare and exquisite writer. This novel will burn in your brain long after you have left its haunting pages."
—Susan L. Taylor, former editor in chief of Essence magazine

"Makeda is a soaring, wrenching, and ultimately revealing glimpse into the roles within a powerful matriarchal family . . . A must read for anyone who wants to appreciate history, the role of women, and the significance of transferring ideas, goals, and ambitions from one generation to the next."
—Charles J. Ogletree Jr., author of The Presumption of Guilt

"Luminous and magical; in Makeda, Robinson has created a brilliant and well-imagined work."
—Bernice L. McFadden, award-winning author of Glorious



Product Details

  • File Size: 704 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Publisher: OpenLens (August 30, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005H2S0IA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,134 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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Every once in a great while I come across an extraordinary piece of fiction that serves as a valid passport into the private and intimate interior terrain of its author. Makeda is one of those special works of fiction. As I became absorbed in this highly spiritual tale, I felt as if I were stepping on sacred ground, given permission to enter an exclusive landscape, allowed to experience something holy and profound.

Randall Robinson's Makeda is a transparent window into the soul of the African American. Directed by the sense of the ancient, this exquisitely poignant novel explores and expands the identities of race, ethnic, religion, culture, gender and class.

With the vehicle of dreamwork infused with history, science, and spirituality, Robinson moves us through the strong and virulent world of racism, a world in which the proud and highly evolved people of noble Black African origins have been repeatedly exiled and displaced by slavery from the land of their ancestors. It is a vibrant reminder from the resonant voice of Makeda Gee Florida Harris March for the world to once again place the Black African at the heart of the universe.

Makeda Gee Florida Harris March is the wise and graceful matriarch of the March family, a small African American family in Richmond, Virginia -- poor but proud, hardworking and honest. The story begins in 1950 when the family, like most African American families, is embattled by the social ills that were virile in America during the 1950s.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Looking beyond the fence..." September 9, 2011
Format:Paperback
What could West African history and cosmology, the Queen of Sheba and early Christianity possibly have to do with a simple, blind, old woman, who is only moderately educated and has lived all her life in Richmond, Virginia? Quite a lot, you will find when you read Randall Robinson's thought-provoking and persuasive novel. Recognized for his extensive non-fiction writing on topics that range from African-American socio-politics to international human rights, Robinson ventures with Makeda into a world of fiction that transcends any genre definition of a traditional novel. It integrates a fictional memoir, a coming-of-age and a very tender love story with elements of magical realism and, combined, makes for a moving account of a personal and spiritual journey. Interwoven into these different narrative strands are discussions on African-American socio-political issues and a refresher course on aspects of African history.

At about ten years of age, Gray March "decided" to become a "writer". Having listened to his grandmother's stories since early childhood, "I began preparing to give this account of the fascinating events of my grandmother's life [...] She told me things she told no other living person." Mattie (Makeda) Gee Florida Harris March is indeed a very special person and her life's experiences not only enchant Gray, they provide much emotional and historical depth for this astounding and highly engaging novel. Gray, growing up in the nineteen fifties and sixties feels lonely and insecure; his parents appear to be emotionally stunted, weighed down by circumstances he will only come to understand much later. His grandma is the only person he trusts to tell "things I had told neither my brother Gordon nor Mama nor Daddy, things I thought they might not know how to take.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read makes you think October 24, 2011
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I brought this book because I heard the author talking about it on one of the morning shows that I listen to on the way to work. I ordered that same day. When the book came to me I started reading it and found it to be very entertaining. Even though it is fiction if you have any history at all it will make sense to you. There are places that the characters take you that you can see with your imagination and live them along with them. I have not finished the book as of yet but I do love what I have read so far. Bravo...Bravo...Thanks Roland Martin for the interview with the author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful History Lesson September 28, 2011
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This book made me want to do research and more research and more research. It was engaging and a wonderful read. I enjoyed the fact that he didn't dumb the book down and challenged my vocabulary (thank God for the definition feature on my Kindle). It was a journey across the years and a welcome change from "His"tory. Kudos Mr. Robinson, sorry I missed you at HueMan Bookstore.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Home Run! September 15, 2011
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By the title alone, if you are a reader who enjoys "factual" fiction you know you are in for a treat. The book is essentially a coming-of-age story, but told with a backdrop of African history. When and where have the Dogon been mentioned in a work of fiction? The thoughts that run through Gray's mind are certainly designed to be instructive to the reader. It is rare that a novel can be educational in regards to African history, and how it relates to the contemporary African-American but Makeda is that. Randall Robinson has hit a home run with his first novel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a beautiful imaginative book that makes you realize how...
This is a beautiful imaginative book that makes you realize how important it is to have a meaningful story as part of your heritage.
Published 2 days ago by JoAnn Reding
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This book delves into a special relationship between a blind, but intuitive grandmother, and her grandson. I loved how her awareness of the spiritual world was of interest to him. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Veronica
4.0 out of 5 stars Africa and the Stars
This was a really interesting historical novel. It is told from the standpoint of a young college student during the civil rights era who wants to discovery his African roots that... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Paula L. Cole
4.0 out of 5 stars Be drawn into Makeda's world
A beautifully conceived novel with two main characters: a young black man coming of age in the south during the civil rights movement and his blind grandmother - a woman who worked... Read more
Published 10 months ago by D. Dirmeyer
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book.
I have no African background, but still found the book to be interesting. It gives some insight into a different way of life and the grandmother was very interesting to read about.
Published 11 months ago by elizabeth hoffman
5.0 out of 5 stars Makeda
My husband saw this author who discussed this book on a tv program. He is enjoying this book so much he wanted another for a friend of his to read.
Published 12 months ago by Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
The move between continents, generations and centuries kept me intrigued. I loved the story line and plan to share it with my friends and family.
Published 12 months ago by Luvin' life
5.0 out of 5 stars Makeda
A compelling story replete with fascinating information I should have known, but didn't. Read Makeda for the wonderful story, but take away a different understanding of history.
Published 13 months ago by Michael L. Sternad
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual but interesting
This has been one of the best books I read within a year...It's very thought provoking and covers a period of time which I can remember.
Published 13 months ago by Kentucky Cajun
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing read.
This wonderfully intriguing novel brought insight to wonders I never would have thought of. I feel this book is important on many levels and is an important read especially by... Read more
Published 14 months ago by April L Semones
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