Song for Almeyda and Song for Anninho

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Beacon Press
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5.4 X 8.6 X 1.0 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author
Gayl Jones was born in Kentucky in 1949. She attended Connecticut College and Brown University, and has taught at Wellesley College and the University of Michigan. Her landmark books include Corregidora, Eva's Man, The Healing (a National Book Award finalist and New York Times Notable Book of the Year), Palmares (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction), and most recently, The Birdcatcher (National Book Award finalist).
"This book's magic is different than that of its predecessor, yet the spells they cast are comparably powerful."
--Kirkus Reviews

"These are songs of longing and love, journeys of discovery and wholeness, revelations about trauma's deep impact on body and soul, and simultaneous declarations of resistance and acceptance. Readers enthralled by Palmares will enjoy the added dimensions here, while others will be moved by the historical Black voices and oral traditions Jones so powerfully evokes."

"An exquisitely beautiful book-length poem, Song for Anninho, that was set after the destruction of the community that would be the subject of Palmares."
--Farah Jasmine Griffin, The Nation

"Gayl Jones has concocted a tale as American as Mount Rushmore and as murky as the Florida swamps."
--Maya Angelou

"Miss Jones . . . is an American writer with a powerful sense of vital inheritance, of history in the blood."
--John Updike, The New Yorker

"A literary giant, and one of my absolute favorite writers."
--Tayari Jones

"No novel about any Black woman could ever be the same after this."
--Toni Morrison, on reading the manuscript for Corregidora

"Telling stories out loud was a matter of survival--and the way Jones wields this tradition transforms even a nursery rhyme into something dirty, dangerous, and important."
--Calvin Baker, The Atlantic