In My Father's House (Vintage Contemporaries)

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Book by Gaines Ernest J

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A story of a man brought to reckon with his buried past. Reverend Martin comes face to face with the sins of his youth in the person of Robert X, a young, unkempt stranger who arrives in town for a mysterious "meeting" with the Reverend.


It is the force of Mr. Gaines's character and intelligence, operating through [his] deceptively quiet style, that makes his fictioni compelling. . . . The dialogue is spare, but unerring, and humor will keep slipping in subtly despite the tragedies behind these lives. Larry McMurty, The New York Times Book Review

He write's eloquently of the frustrated love between fathers and sons. . . . His best writing is marked by what Ralph Ellison, describing the blues, call near-tragic, near-comic lyricism. Margo Jefferson, Newsweek

The dialogue is mesmerizing. . . . The characterizations come right off the page. . . . No one writes about mainstream, ordinary black life as well as he does. Ishmael Reed
It would make a gripping play with its tight plot and strong scenes of confrontation, its Ibsenite central character. The Washington Post

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