Philadelphia fire by John Edgar Wideman

This novel is a fictional account of the real-life 1985 bombing in Philadelphia that destroyed a predominantly black neighborhood. The story is told from the perspective of a writer who returns to his hometown to try to make sense of the tragedy. The narrative explores themes of race, poverty, and the destructive power of the state, while also delving into the personal trauma and guilt felt by the protagonist. The novel is a poignant exploration of the lasting impact of violence and the struggle for justice and understanding.

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