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Writing to Save a Life - by John Edgar Wideman (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 224

Genre: Biography + Autobiography

Sub-Genre: Cultural, Ethnic & Regional

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Scribner Book Company

Age Range: Adult

Book theme: General

Author: John Edgar Wideman

Language: English

TCIN: 52914189
UPC: 9781501147296
Item Number (DPCI): 248-49-0979

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A major literary figure tells "a searching tale of loss, recovery, and deja vu that is part memoir and what-if speculation, part polemic and expos�" (The Washington Post) about two generations of one family--civil rights martyr Emmett Till and his father, Louis--shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Emmett Till took a train from his home in Chicago to visit family in Money, Mississippi; a few weeks later he returned home dead. Murdered because he was a colored boy and had, allegedly, whistled at a white woman. His mother, Mamie Till, chose to display her son's brutalized face in a glass-topped casket, "so the world can see what they did to my baby."

Emmett Till's murder and his mother's refusal to allow his story to be forgotten have become American legends. But one darkly significant twist in the Till legend is rarely mentioned: Louis Till, Emmett's father, Mamie's husband, a soldier during World War II, was executed in Italy for committing rape and murder.

In 1955, when he and Emmett were each only fourteen years old, Wideman saw a horrific photograph of dead Emmett's battered face. Decades later, upon discovering that Louis Till had been court-martialed and hanged, he was impelled to investigate the tragically intertwined fates of father and son. Writing to Save a Life is "part exploration and part meditation, a searching account of [Wideman's] attempt to learn more about the short life of Louis Till" (The New York Times Book Review) and shine light on the truths that have remained in darkness.

Wideman, the author of the award-winning Brothers and Keepers, "is a master of quiet meditation...and his book is remarkable for its insight and power" (SFGate). An amalgam of research, memoir, and imagination, Writing to Save a Life is essential and "impressive" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) reading--an engaging, enlightening conversation between generations, the living and the dead, fathers and sons.

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