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By John Edgar Wideman

In God's health club, the distinguished writer John Edgar Wideman deals tales that pulse with emotional electrical energy. the 10 items right here discover power, either actual and non secular. the gathering opens with a guy paying tribute to the quiet fortitude of his mom, a girl who "should put on a T-shirt: God's Gym." within the tales that keep on with, Wideman supplies robust riffs on kinfolk and destiny, basketball and trust. His enchanting prose positive factors visitor appearances by means of cultural luminaries as diversified because the Harlem Globetrotters, Frantz Fanon, Thelonious Monk, and Marilyn Monroe. As continually, Wideman astounds with writing that strikes from the intimate to the political, from surprise to transcendence.

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