A Visitation of Spirits

A Visitation of Spirits

By Randall Kenan

Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780375703973, 272pp.

Publication Date: January 25, 2000


"Marks the debut of a very gifted writer.... Kenan speaks eloquently and with a great deal of courage."--Gloria Naylor

Randall Kenan's daring and innovative first novel weaves a vivid and horrific tale through the generations of a black Southern family.

Sixteen-year old Horace Cross is plagued by issues that hover in his impressionable spirit and take shape in his mind as loathsome demons, culminating in one night of horrible and tragic transformation. In the face of Horace's fate, his cousin Reverend James "Jimmy" Green questions the values of a community that nourishes a boy, places their hopes for salvation on him, only to deny him his destiny.

Told in a montage of voices and memories, A Visitation of the Spirits just how richly populated a family's present is with the spirits of the past and the future.

About the Author
Randall Kenan is the author of several books including James Baldwin: American Writer, and Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the 21st Century. He work has been awarded a Guggenheim, Whiting Writers Award, Sherwood Anderson Award, John Dos Passos Award, and Rome Prize. He teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Praise For A Visitation of Spirits

"Randall Kenan continues [James] Baldwin's legendary tradition of 'telling it on the mountain' by giving voice to the unvarnished truth about blacks and homosexuality." --San Francisco Chronicle

"A gifted, confident writer." --The Raleigh News & Observer