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Africaville: A Novel Hardcover – 30 Dec 2019

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins - US (30 December 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062913727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062913722
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 526 g
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"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

“Africaville 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.”--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)

About the Author

Jeffrey Colvin served in the United States Marine Corps and is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and Columbia University, where he received an MFA in fiction. His work has appeared in Narrative, Hot Metal Bridge, Prick of the Spindle, Word Riot, and Painted Bride Quarterly, Rain Taxi Review of Books, Millions, and Brooklyn Rail. In the summer of 2018, Colvin was a Paul Cuffee Scholar at the Cuttyhunk Writers Residency. He is currently a member of the National Book Critics Circle and an assistant editor at Narrative magazine.

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