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by Zakes Mda
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Categories: New in Paperback | African Literature | Fiction - Literature
Code: 3817 |  ISBN: 0312427069 |  312 pp. |  Publication Date: 2007
Publisher: Picador
Format: Trade Paperback
About this book
The hero of Zakes Mda's beloved Ways of Dying, Toloki, sets down with a family in Middle America and uncovers the story of the runaway slaves who were their ancestors.

Toloki, the professional mourner, has come to live in America. Lured to Athens, Ohio, by an academic at the local university, Toloki makes friends with an angry young man he meets at a Halloween parade and soon falls in love with the young mans sister. Toloki endears himself to a local quilting group and his quilting provides a portal to the past, a story of two escaped slaves seeking freedom in Ohio.

Making their way north from Virginia with nothing but their mothers quilts for a map, the boys hope to find a promised land where blacks can live as free men. Their story alternates with Tolokis, as the two narratives cast a new light on America in the twenty-first century and on an undiscovered legacy of the Underground Railroad.


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