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  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Format: Paperback | 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 206mm x 28mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 21 August 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0312427069
  • ISBN 13: 9780312427061
  • Edition statement: Picador.
  • Sales rank: 1,002,378

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The hero of Mdas Ways of Dying, Toloki, settles down with a family in middle America and uncovers the story of the runaway slaves who had been their ancestors. Their stories alternate with Tolokis, and the two narratives cast new light on an undiscovered legacy of the Underground Railroad.

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Zakes Mda is a professor of creative writing at Ohio University. He lives in Athens, Ohio.

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Praise for "Ways of Dying": "A marvelous picaresque."--"The New York Times Book Review" "Darkly comic and sadly poignant, Mda possesses the lyricism of a storyteller."--"San Diego Union-Tribune"