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A Visitation of Spirits: A Novel Paperback – January 25, 2000
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The story is communicated through a series of recollections. Reality and memory coalesce in a nightmarish, drug-induced psychosis. "A Visitation of Spirits" is a haunting novel of a young gay man wrestling with his demons. His struggles are universal; his solution is, unfortunately, both tragic and final. This is a work of incredible depth,passion and understanding.
Randall Kenen, who won a Lambda Award for his short story collection "Let the Dead Bury Thier Dead," is an enormously talented prose stylist. He brings together the best qualities of James Baldwin, Carson McCullers, Toni Morrison and Flannery O'Connor. Higher praise could not be offered.
Within this framework, we get wonderful prose describing the disappearing culture - house raisings, pig slaughters... - and the "new culture" of racial intergration. We see several generations attempting to adjust to the new world while retaining their family values. All in all a book well worth the time required to read and savor it.
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I bought this book for a graduate class on 20th century Southern American literature. I had never read any of the author's work before, but found the book fascinating. Read morePublished on March 31, 2011 by JSM
When I reached the last page of this book, and I turned back to the beginning and started over. I have never read a book that so profoundly moved me. Read morePublished on November 5, 2001 by Reader X