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Let the Dead Bury Their Dead

Let the Dead Bury Their Dead

(Harvest American Writing)

Randall Kenan
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"Nothing short of a wonder-book."--New York Times Book Review


This remarkable collection of twelve short stories is about the diverse folk--black and white, young and old, rich and poor, rural and sophisticated--who live in the eastern North Carolina town of Tims Creek. Among the memorable characters are Clarence Pickett, who at age three began receiving messages from beyond the grave and whose gift seems tied to a hog's ability to talk; matronly Ida Perry, haunted by a boy her judge husband may have drowned years before; Dean Williams, hired to seduce the richest black man in Times Creek, yearning after innocence while he betrays love.


Randall Kenan (1963-2020) was the former chancellor of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and a professor of English and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Sherwood Anderson Award, the John Dos Passos Award, and was the 1997 Rome Prize winner from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was awarded the North Carolina Award for Literature in 2005.


  • Publisher: ‎Mariner Books (June 4, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • ISBN-13: ‎9780156505154
  • Item Weight: ‎9.6 ounces
  • Dimensions:‎ 5.25 x 0.9 x 8 inches
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