New Book From John Edgar Wideman

John Edgar Wideman, an award-winning writer, traces the life of the father of iconic Civil Rights martyr Emmett Till — who was executed by the Army ten years before Emmett’s murder. An evocative and personal exploration of individual and collective memory in America by one of the most formidable Black intellectuals of our time, Writing to Save a Life, is also a bracing attempt to “make some sense out of the American darkness that disconnects colored fathers from sons, a darkness in which sons and fathers lose track of one another.” 

For more details, see the book page at Simon & Schuster. See also a its review at The Nation.