From "one of America’s premier writers of fiction” (New York Times) comes this novel inspired by the 1985 police bombing of a West Philadelphia row house owned by the back-to-nature, Afrocentric cult known as Move. The bombing killed eleven people and started a fire that destroyed sixty other houses. At the center of the story is Cudjoe, a writer and exile who returns to his old neighborhood after spending a decade fleeing from his past, and his search for the lone survivor of the fire -- a young boy who was seen running from the flames.
An impassioned, brutally honest journey through the despair and horror of life in urban America, "Philadelphia Fire isn't a book you read so much as one you breathe" (San Francsisco Chronicle).
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PHILADELPHIA FIRE: A NovelUser Review - Kirkus
Wideman's latest novel picks up where the title story in last year's Fever left off—it's a dense and rage-filled meditation on the bombing of a houseful of blacks in West Philadelphia in 1985. The ... Read full review
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This novel is an excellent exploration of narrative style and voice. I will definitely read it again and be looking for more books by Wideman. I identified 1st, 3rd, and 2nd point of view. The novel ... Read full review
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Discourse and Destruction: The City of Philadelphia versus MOVE
No preview available - 1994