At the heart of this remarkable novel is Thomas Greene Wiggins, a nineteenth-century slave and improbable musical genius who performed under the name Blind Tom. Jeffery Renard Allen blends history and fantastical invention to bring to life a man who profoundly changed all who encountered him.
The NYTBR called it, “[A] masterly new novel…. It sagely explores themes of religion, class, art and genius, and introduces elements of magical realism…resulting in the kind of imaginative work only a prodigiously gifted risk-taker could produce.”
This review joins praise that SONG OF THE SHANK has already received from Essence, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Kansas City Star, Bookforum, and a starred review in Kirkus with even more reviews forthcoming in the New York Times, Star Tribune, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and interviews with WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show, Shelf Awareness, and The Nervous Breakdown, among others.
SONG OF THE SHANK is available now from Graywolf Press.