Chaneysville Incident

Chaneysville Incident

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The legends say something happened in Chaneysville. This is the powerful story of a man's obsession with discovering what that something was and what it had to do with the deaths of his father and his slave great-grandfather. John Washington, professor of history at a university in Philadelphia, has left his small-town black origins behind him. But a midnight phone call telling him that old Jack Crawley is dying draws him home again. Old Jack, an eccentric loner, had been a close friend of John's father and became young John's mentor when his father died a mysterious death. Jack Crawley had always been a story-teller. Before he dies he tells John one last story, and leaves him a strange bequest that sets John on a search for the truth about his father a man who began as a maker of illegal whiskey and ended as the wealthiest and mos influential black member of the community. As John unravels his family history, he discovers a tale of intrigue leading back to slavery days. The Chaneysville Incident is a novel of search, but also of identity, of John Washington's relationship to his family, the town, and the woman who loves him, and of the inexorable tensions of past and present, hate and violence, oppression and guilt, love and acceptance.show more

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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 142 x 204 x 40mm | 598.75g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1852421002
  • 9781852421007

About David Bradley

David Bradley was born in 1950 in Bedford, a small town in western Pennsylvania perilously close to the Mason-Dixon line . The county had about a hundred black people in a population of thirty thousand. It was not that hospitable for blacks, says Bradley, or that comfortable . In 1968 Bradley went to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he studied English and creative writing. He later was a post-graduate at King s College, London, and subsequently worked as an editor for a U.S. publisher.Bradley s first novel, South Street, was published in 1975. The idea for The Chaneysville Incident goes back to 1969, when Bradley s mother, commissioned to research the history of Blacks in Bedford, discovered that there were thirteen unmarked graves on the property of a local landowner. A story that had always had the power of myth suddenly took on the force of fact.David Bradley now teaches English at Temple University in Philadelphia.show more