Philadelphia Fire

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Scribner Book Company
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5.4 X 8.3 X 0.6 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

John Edgar Wideman's books include, among others, ?Look for Me and I'll Be Gone, ?You Made Me Love You, American Histories, ?Writing to Save a Life, ?Brothers and Keepers, ?Philadelphia Fire, ?Fatheralong, ?Hoop Roots, and?Sent for You Yesterday. He won the PEN/Faulkner Award twice and has twice been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and National Book Award. He is a MacArthur Fellow and a recipient of the Lannan Literary Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. He divides his time between New York and France.


"Daring and award-winning ... Wideman's quasi-cubist approach to storytelling -- full of angular sentence shards and deft rule-breaking -- explores multiple facets of the tragedy and sometimes drags the reader and the author himself onto the page."
--Philadelphia Inquirer

"A passionate, angry and formally fascinating novel of urban disintegration."
--The New York Times Book Review

"A book brimming over with brutal, emotional honesty and moments of beautiful prose lyricism."
--Washington Post Book World

"A blaze of rage... Wideman's genius for impassioned imagery triumphs."
--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Philadelphia Fire isn't a book you read so much as one you breathe."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"A pyrotechnic display... Wideman charges his sentence with energy that flares into beauty at unexpected moments... [His] work reflects extraordinary talent, will, and courage."
--Boston Globe

"Very few writers have Wideman's gifts and range. His artistic courage is rare these days."
--Philadelphia Inquirer

"Like the Russian master [Dostoyevsky], Wideman probes the torments of the soul... Powerful."
--U.S. News & World Report