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This short story collection and novel, respectively, both published inare the second and third volumes in the author’s Homewood trilogy. Damballah contains a dozen stories spanning many years in a Pittsburgh community founded by a runaway slave. Hiding Place shares the same setting. Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

This collection of interrelated stories spans the history of Homewood, a Pittsburgh community founded by a runaway slave.

Damballah (Homewood) by John Edgar Wideman

With stunning lyricism, Wideman sings of “dead children in garbage cans, of gospel and basketball, of lost gods and dead fathers” John Leonard. It is a celebration of people who, in the face of crisis, uphold one another–with grace, courage, and dignity. Read more Read less.

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One person found this helpful. This is an astoundingly good book of short stories.

Wideman hits all the marks: Buy this book and cherish it! Every year, literary types like to speculate on who will be named the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and in the US, the names that get bandied about are always the same: Roth, Pynchon, McCarthy, Oates, etc.


Well, for my money, there is one writer who is just as devastatingly good as any other in America, and whose work has shed light on what it has meant to be an American in the latter half of the twentieth century, and now into the twenty-first: Only it seems that every time I recommend him to someone they claim to have never heard of him, and approaching the yeara number of his books are out of print, and I almost never see them on bookstore shelves anymore.

If you’re serious about good literature, then you should do yourself a favor and check out his work. Damballah is as good a place as any to start, being the first entry in his celebrated Homewood trilogy. Because here you get a good feel for Wideman’s fiction–his concerns and preoccupations, his style and tone, his free approach to form–in short, gripping stories, each one a dispatch from a neighborhood in Pittsburgh that can only be described, in the time about which Wideman writes, as a ghetto.

And Wideman does not shy away from depicting the worst of life in Homewood–a newborn thrown out with the trash, murder and attempted murder, people dealing with the emotional scars of a life that can be cruel and seemingly hopeless. What gives these bleak portraits life–and hope–are descriptions of small acts of goodness and forbearance and mercy, language that is sometimes startling and always alive on the page, and the knowledge that from the hellish place Wideman describes emerged an artist of the first rank, who has been a witness to this often-misunderstood aspect of American life, and has, with honesty and forcefulness and gritty poetry, given it a place in our literature.

Wideman has a Faulknerian concern with place, and with tracing roots. There is a “begat chart” at the beginning of the book, telling you how the characters in the pages that follow are all related.

And his writing can be Faulknerian, too, ranging back and forth in time, swooping into a character’s thoughts and then back outside his or her head, often even blurring the line between fiction and non-fiction. There is much of Wideman himself on these pages–not just the dramas of his own personal life, but his own sense of what literature can be.

Reading these stories, I get a sense of an author who is simply writing what he has in his heart to write, even if it’s not the kind of stuff that will make the bestseller lists, and even if it’s not always easy to read. There are no outlandish, gimmicky characters, no attempts at literary cleverness, no easy jokes. There is just a very clear-eyed look at the lives of these troubled people, from the runaway slave who first settled in Homewood to the young men being imprisoned there more than a century later.


And if it’s to your liking, then try Wideman’s great novel, Philadelphia Fire. And hopefully one of these years those folks out in Sweden will give Wideman the recognition he deserves. Even if you don’t read the rest of the Homewood Books, this collection stands up strong on its own. Stories such as “Damballah,” “Daddy Garbage,” and “The Caterpillar Story” are engaging although they are only a few pages long.

The stoies are diverse, but they fit together to form an understanding of how a community survives through poverty and alienation. Some of the best stories in this collection are the touching “Daddy Garbage,” the spirited “Love Songs of Reba Love Jackson,” and the realistic “Rashad. See all 4 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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