Black Cloud Rising


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Grove Press
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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.1 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

David Wright Faladé is a professor of English at the University of Illinois and the Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellow at the New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. He is the co-author of the young adult novel Away Running and author of the nonfiction book Fire on the Beach: Recovering the Lost Story of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Lifesavers, which was a New Yorker notable selection and a St. Louis-Dispatch Best Book of 2001. The recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Award, he has written for the New Yorker, the Village Voice, the Southern Review, Newsday, and more.


Praise for Black Cloud Rising:

"The story of the African Brigade, a unit of Black freedmen who fought for the Union during the Civil War, gets its due in this superior adult debut from Faladé . . .[Richard] Etheridge is made a fascinating figure, well suited to serve as the focal point for Faladé's exploration of the complexities of Etheridge and his comrades's rapid shift from powerlessness to armed military duty. Engrossing and complex, this will have readers riveted."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

wrought...A masterful depiction of the precarious nature of Black life during the
war and of slavery's unrelenting assault on human dignity."--Booklist (starred

"Wright Faladé's richly detailed, grippingly told story breathes life into a revolutionary moment when the U.S. moved a vital step forward toward achieving the ideals we've always proclaimed."--Charles Frazier, National Book Award-winning author of Cold Mountain

"David Wright Faladé's thrilling, revelatory Black Cloud Rising turns
Civil War history upside down and makes America give up one of its darkest
secrets--that our racial tension is literally a family feud."--James Hannaham, Pen/Faulkner
Award-winning author of Delicious Foods and The Pilot Imposter

"Black Cloud Rising is riveting and authentic--an intimate and brilliantly written portrayal of former slaves who risked everything to fight in the African Brigades during the Civil War. It's a compelling and deeply moving story of race, war and the eternal pursuit of freedom."--David Zucchino, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Wilmington's Lie

"The brilliant portrayal of crucially defining matters of racial
history in America will rightly draw great acclaim to David Wright
Faladé's Black Cloud Rising. But this novel's power is transcendent.
Told in an exquisitely distinctive and nuanced voice, it reaches deep into the
universal human condition and engages the core yearning of us all: our yearning
for a self, for an identity, for a place in the universe."--Robert Olen Butler,
Pulitzer-Prize winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

"Black Cloud Rising is
the story of a minor engagement in the Civil War, a footnote in most history
books, but it is the story of a major part of American history: the hard
fought, still continuing battle of African Americans to rise from slavery to
equality. From a single time and place, like a hologram it generates a
three-dimensional picture of the difficulties, complexities, and nuances faced
by Black people then and now. If you like history, if you want to better
understand the struggle for equality, no matter your personal history or race,
and if you want a good story, read this book. It's a triple threat."--Karl
Marlantes, New York Times-bestselling author of Matterhorn

Praise for David Wright Faladé

"This true-life story is akin to Sebastian Junger's The Perfect Storm, except that the storm here is on shore as well. The story roils with the terrifying racism of slavery's aftermath, as Wright (English, Univ. of Illinois) and Zoby (Caspar Coll.) indicate in this story of the life and times of Richard Etheridge (1842-1900)...More than one man's story, this mix of personal and institutional biography brings to life the daily challenges and triumphs of blacks pushed aside, but no less valuable, in a New South." --Library Journal

"African-American, Civil War and naval history enthusiasts will find this of interest." --Publishers Weekly

"Fire on the Beach is a grand American adventure story, perfectly paced and surely told, filled with lore, meticulous detail, and a dozen perfect storms." --Tom Franklin, author of Poachers

"Wright and Zoby recount an extraordinary story of perseverance, courage, and professionalism in the face of extreme racial prejudice...The authors have revived a remarkable long-forgotten chapter in the annals of African American history." --Booklist

"Combining a thrilling narrative pace with meticulous research, David Wright and David Zoby have restored for us all a vibrant chapter of our common history that should never be forgotten." --Philip Graham, author of How to Read an Unwritten Language