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Philadelphia Fire, Paperback / softback Book

Philadelphia Fire Paperback / softback

Part of the Canons series


In 1985 police bombed a West Philadelphia row house.

Eleven people died and a fire started that destroyed sixty other houses.

John Edgar Wideman brings these events and their repercussions to shocking life in this seminal novel. At the heart of Philadelphia Fire is Cudjoe, a writer and exile who returns to his old neighbourhood and who becomes obsessed with the search for a lone survivor of the event, a young boy seen running from the flames. One of Wideman's most ambitious and celebrated works, Philadelphia Fire is about race, life and survival in urban America.


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