The Book of Colors

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5.4 X 0.6 X 8.2 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author
Dr. Raymond Barfield is a pediatric oncologist at Duke University School of Medicine and Associate Professor of philosophy at Duke Divinity School. He also works with the Institute on Care at the End of Life at Duke Divinity School--the Institute's work crosses disciplines and focuses on the intersection of spirituality and medicine. Ray has a book out from Cambridge University Press, The Ancient Quarrel Between Poetry and Philosophy, and he's working on a nonfiction trade book that explores the intersection of spirituality, philosophy and science. He also has a book of poetry that was just published in October. It's his work with low-income African American children at Duke University Hospital and his previous experience in the ERs of Atlanta and Memphis inner-city hospitals that make him so familiar with the protagonist in The Book of Colors.
"Building slowly but progressively and replete with unexpected everything, The Book of Colors is nothing less than purely original and brilliantly written." - Manhattan Book Review

"You'll hear Yslea's voice long after you've stopped reading. ... A brave novel, popping with hope." --The Charlotte Observer

"A life-affirming novel about love and second chances"--Publishers Weekly

"Yslea is a keen-eyed young woman with a wandering mind who picks up on fine details of the little things of life.... A beautifully written debut" -- BOOKLIST

"In the traditions of Toni Morrison and Flannery O'Connor, Raymond Barfield presents a gorgeous and dismaying human tapestry from the edges of Southern society. ... An ethereal story of poverty and redemption that ends with a phoenix-like flourish and abounds with grace." -- Foreword Reviews

"Yslea's world is small, but it embraces an immense universe of wonderments, bright emotions, slant thoughts and patterns that only she can discover. In The Book of Colors Raymond Barfield reveals a story like no other I have experienced, inexorably dark in circumstance but triumphantly luminous in spirit. 'We are made up of pieces but somehow we feel whole.' That wholeness is celebrated in these brave pages. They seized upon me like an angelic visitation. What a wonderful novel!" -- Fred Chappell

"I just finished The Book of Colors. I cried at the end, which I almost never do, not because it was sad but because it was so sweet and clear and beautifully written ... different in a really wonderful way." -- Cathy Langer, The Tattered Cover bookstore

"I was lucky enough to see the first draft of The Book of Colors, and the beautiful strength of both the author and the main character has stayed with me a very long time. Kudos to Unbridled for bringing two powerful voices to light." -- Carl Lennertz