In this special story set in the 'new' South, John Holman records with a pitch-perfect ear the emerging voice of black experience. Rita is dedicated. Ask her math students, or her baby brother, Grim, whom she raised after their mother died and their father disappeared, or her husband, Mayes Mello, a cryophysicist. They'll all agree. What they won't say is that Rita is also prone to hallucinations and at times is 'in danger.' Rita's is a world of orphans, disconnected from their lineage, from their history, bouncing between destitution and hope. Like many of us, they grab meaning where they can. Whether it's Grim and his towing business, or his girlfriend, Butter (for her mellow beauty), and her teaching job at Sacred Lamb School, or ex-con Byron 'Belly Man' Mason and his Exchequer Car Wash and Detail Shop...man, they get by. Even though their bond -- the history of their race -- is as incidental as the time and place they share, they hold on, reaching out and struggling to make their own connections.Like the culture it defines, "Luminous Mysteries" is memorable, spare and generous, mysterious and funny, distinctive.
- Hardback | 240 pages
- 137.16 x 205.74 x 25.4mm | 408.23g
- 15 Sep 1998
- Harcourt Brace International
- Orlando, United States
"Clear images, brilliantly concise writing and hidden metaphors speak well for Holman. . . . In many ways the work is reminiscent of Steinbeck's Cannery Row."-The Tampa Tribune "Holman's fiction is a must-read. . . . Employs the consciousness of a keenly observant man who reveals the complexities of the black experience and demonstrates fluent language in a rich and imagistic read."-The Independent (london) "Virtually every page carries some variation on the top-of-the-Ferris-wheel feeling a kid gets. . . . In Holman's sublimely nuanced world, anticipation is everything."-The Atlanta Journal-Constitution