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The Gone Dead

The Gone Dead
 

Billie James' inheritance isn't much: a little money and a shack in the Mississippi Delta. The house once belonged to her father, a renowned black poet who died unexpectedly when Billie was four years old. Though Billie was there when the accident happened, she has no memory of t... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780062490698
Barcode 9780062490698
Published 25 June 2019 by Ecco Press
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Benz, Chanelle
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ISBN-13 9780062490698
ISBN-10 0062490699
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Ecco Press
Imprint Ecco Press
Publication Date 25 June 2019
Publication Country
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Benz, Chanelle
Category Modern Fiction
Sagas
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 213mm
Spine: 30mm
Weight 408g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Fathers - Death, Family secrets, Southern States - Race relations, Detective and mystery fiction, Thrillers (Fiction)
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 970986

Description of this Book

Billie James' inheritance isn't much: a little money and a shack in the Mississippi Delta. The house once belonged to her father, a renowned black poet who died unexpectedly when Billie was four years old. Though Billie was there when the accident happened, she has no memory of that day--and she hasn't been back to the South since. Thirty years later, Billie returns but her father's home is unnervingly secluded: her only neighbors are the McGees, the family whose history has been entangled with hers since the days of slavery. As Billie encounters the locals, she hears a strange rumor: that she herself went missing on the day her father died. As the mystery intensifies, she finds out that this forgotten piece of her past could put her in danger. Inventive, gritty, and openhearted, The Gone Dead is an astonishing debut novel about race, justice, and memory that lays bare the long-concealed wounds of a family and a country.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review The southern novel will never be the same after this book. Billie James, the protagonist of The Gone Dead, holds more mystery, lyricism, tragedy, nuance than most characters I've read in recent years.... Writers were not supposed to be able to do what Benz does in The Gone Dead. --Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy

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Author's Bio

Chanelle Benz has published short stories in Guernica, Granta.com, Electric Literature, The American Reader, Fence, and The Cupboard, and is the recipient of an O. Henry Prize. Her story collection The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead was published in 2017 by Ecco. It was named a Best Book of 2017 by the San Francisco Chronicle and one of Electric Literature's 15 Best Short Story Collections of 2017. It was also longlisted for the 2018 PEN/Robert Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. She currently lives in Memphis, where she teaches at Rhodes College.

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