"Eloquent and erudite, Robinson's oft-times mystical coming-of-age saga teems with rich and evocative historical insights."
"Hypnotic . . . one of the finest novels this year . . . [Robinson] is a gifted storyteller."
"Robinson writes with erudition about strange and wonderful matters."
""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."
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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