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Walking on Water

Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century

Randall Kenan


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"A meaningful panoramic view of what it means to be human...Cause for celebration." --Times-Picayune

From the author of the National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Let the Dead Bury Their Dead comes a moving, clich&#233-shattering group portrait of African Americans at the turn of the twenty-first century.

In a hypnotic blend of oral history and travel writing, Randall Kenan sets out to answer a question that has has long fascinated him: What does it mean to be black in America today? To find the answers, Kenan traveled America--from Alaska to Louisiana, from Maine to Las Vegas--over the course of six years, interviewing nearly two hundred African Americans from every conceivable walk of life. We meet a Republican congressman and an AIDS activist; a Baptist minister in Mormon Utah and an ambitious public-relations major in North Dakota; militant activists in Atlanta and movie folks in Los Angeles. The result is a marvellously sharp, full picture of contemporary African American lives and experiences.

Praise For Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century

"A masterwork....Pulsates with the multilayered rhythms of an epic."--Chicago Tribune

"Fascinating, maddening, illuminating, and revelatory....Novelists would commit murder for material this juicy and topical." --The Village Voice

"A work of insight and compassion." --The New York Times Book ReviewRandall Kena

Vintage, 9780679737889, 688pp.

Publication Date: February 22, 2000

About the Author

Randall Kenan lives in Memphis, Tennessee.