Brothers and Keepers

John Edgar Wideman, Author Penguin Books $6.95 (256p) ISBN 978-0-14-008267-8
Wideman, novelist and professor at the University of Wyoming, seeks to understand how he and his brother, who is serving a life sentence for murder, could have such disparate lives after a childhood together in a Pittsburgh ghetto. Ruthless about himself, particularly about his move into the upper middle-class as a ""black intellectual,'' Wideman characterizes his brother as an intelligent, loving, proud dreamer. He raises ``existential questions'' about culture, racism and the ``grief and guilt of a brother,'' PW wrote. November
Reviewed on: 11/01/1985
Release date: 11/01/1985
Paperback - 243 pages - 978-0-679-75694-1
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