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Amistad Press
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6.1 X 9.2 X 1.5 inches | 1.19 pounds

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About the Author

A graduate of the US Naval Academy, JEFFREY COLVIN served in the US Marines. He worked as an advertising analyst, a congressional aide and a non-profit manager before attending Columbia University, where he received an MFA. An excerpt of his novel-in-progress appeared in Narrative Magazine, and other fiction has been published in Hot Metal Bridge, Prick of the Spindle, Word Riot and Painted Bride Quarterly. His essays and reviews have appeared in Narrative Magazine, the Rain Taxi Review of Books, The Millions and The Brooklyn Rail. He has received grants and fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, Colgate University, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Norman Mailer Center and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and a Paul Cuffee Scholarship from the Cuttyhunk Island Writers' Residency.


"A promising debut."--Kirkus Reviews
"Colvin's intriguing and memorable debut shines a light on a little-known black experience: the freed slaves from the Caribbean and U.S. who established a community in Canada in the 1800s. [He] expertly weaves in the subject of owning one's heritage... this is a penetrating, fresh look at the indomitable spirit of black pioneers and their descendants."--Publishers Weekly
"Colvin depicts the heartbreaking
โ€œAfricaville feels epic in scope. Jeffry Colvin's gift for storytelling is on full display in this remarkable debut. From his fresh depictions of a Nova Scotia Black community, to his powerful portrayal of the trials and triumphs of three generations of the Sebolt family, to his authentically rendered landscapes of racial conflict, both inter and intra, Colvin has crafted an immersive read.โ€--Diane McKinney Whetstone, author, Tumbling and Lazaretto
"Africaville turns history into an engaging family story, one that begins in Nova Scotia and then travels across North America. It's a gripping and moving book. Jeffrey Colvin writes with such affection and authority. I thought of the fine work of Esi Edugyan and Edward P. Jones and E.L. Doctorow, too. He deserves to be counted in their number and this is an excellent debut."--Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling
"In Colvin's carefully constructed family saga, erasure by death, neglect, loss--both intentional and situational--loom from one generation to the next. Despite departure and distance, Africaville ultimately proves to be a tenacious reclamation of story, of place, of belonging."--Terry Hong, Smithsonian BookDragon
Colvin's absorbing and fluidly written debut novel captures an acute sense of ties loosened and rebound. . .Excellent reading that revives our sense of community while revealing North America's racial complexity in a new light.--Library Journal (starred review)