If I had two wings : stories

by Kenan, Randall,

Format: Print Book 2020
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 9 copies
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Summary
In Kenan's fictional territory of Tims Creek, North Carolina, an old man rages in his nursing home, a parson beats up an adulterer, a rich man is haunted by a hog, and an elderly woman turns unwitting miracle worker. A retired plumber travels to Manhattan, where Billy Idol sweeps him into his entourage. An architect who lost his famous lover to AIDS reconnects with a high-school fling. Howard Hughes seeks out the woman who once cooked him butter beans.Shot through with humor and seasoned by inventiveness and maturity, Kenan riffs on appetites of all kinds, on the eerie persistence of history, and on unstoppable lovers and unexpected salvations. If I Had Two Wings is a rich chorus of voices and visions, dreams and prophecies, marked by physicality and spirit. Kenan's prose is nothing short of wondrous.
Contents
When we all get to heaven
I thought I heard the shuffle of angels' feet
The eternal glory that is ham hocks
Ain't no sunshine
Ezekiel saw the wheel
Mamiwata
Resurrection hardware or, Lard & promises
The acts of Velmajean Swearington Hoyt and the New City of God
Now why come that is?
God's gonna trouble the water or, Where is Marisol?

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Kenan, the author of works of nonfiction and the acclaimed novel A Visitation of Spirits, is renowned for his robust characterizations and now presents his first book of new fiction in nearly 30 years. The collection's 10 stories center on Black Americans who find themselves confronting their own contradictions and forgotten selves. In the opening story, an older gentleman from the rural South reconnects with his musical heritage after a chance encounter with a pop star during a trip to New York City. In "Ezekiel Saw the Wheel," a funeral director meditates on her daughter's relationship with a woman and the judgments leveled by some of her closest acquaintances. In "Mamiwata," a young woman who had escaped enslavement in the antebellum South encounters a mysterious man who offers the prospect of escaping recapture through river waters that prove unexpectedly welcome: "Not cool at all. Warm like rabbit fur. Warm like a belly full of hot chicken." Each story in the collection reads like an old favorite, as if related by a dear friend over dinner or a twilight nightcap."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Angels -- Fiction.
North Carolina -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
Short stories.
Publisher New York, NY :2020
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Short stories.
If I had 2 wings
Language English
Description 211 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781324005469
1324005467
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