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Keeper of Keys

Keeper of Keys

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Published by bernice_mcfadden
A young woman wins the lottery, only to discover she has contracted AIDS. She contemplates taking her life, but realizes she has too much to live for.
A young woman wins the lottery, only to discover she has contracted AIDS. She contemplates taking her life, but realizes she has too much to live for.

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Published by: bernice_mcfadden on Apr 07, 2012
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Keeper of Keys
By: Bernice L. McFadden 
Critical Praise for Gathering of Waters
"McFadden works a kind of miracle -- not only do [her characters] retaintheir appealing humanity; their story eclipses the bonds of history tooffer continuous surprises . . . Beautiful and evocative,
Gathering of Waters
brings three generations to life . . . The real power of thenarrative lies in the richness and complexity of the characters. Whilethey inhabit these pages they live, and they do so gloriously andmessily and magically, so that we are at last sorry to see them go, andwe sit with those small moments we had with them and worry overthem, enchanted, until they become something like our own memories,dimmed by time, but alive with the ghosts of the past, and burning withspirits."--
Jesmyn Ward,
New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice)
"Read it aloud. Hire a chorus to chant it to you and anyone elseinterested in hearing about civil rights and uncivil desires, about thedark heat of hate, about the force of forgiveness."--
Alan Cheuse,
 All Things Considered 
, NPR 
;click hereto hear the entire review"McFadden combines events of Biblical proportions--from flooding toresurrection--with history to create a cautionary, redemptive tale thatspans the early twentieth century to the start of Hurricane Katrina. Shecompellingly invites readers to consider the distinctions between 'truthor fantasy' . . . In McFadden's boldly spun yarn, consequences extendacross time and place. This is an arresting historical portrait of Southernlife with reimagined outcomes, suggesting that hope in the enduringpower of memory can offer healing where justice does not suffice."--
Publishers Weekly 
"The rich text is shaped by the African American storytelling traditionand layered with significant American histories. Recalling the wovenspirituality of Toni Morrison's
, this work will appeal to readers of mystic literature."--
Library Journal 
"McFadden makes powerful use of imagery in this fantastical novel of 
ever-flowing waters and troubled spirits."--
"As strange as this may sound, Bernice L. McFadden has created amagical, fantastic novel centered around the notorious tragedy of Emmett Till's murder. This is a startling, beautifully written piece of work."--
Dennis Lehane
, author of 
Mystic River 
"In her new novel,
Gathering of Waters
, Bernice McFadden brings herown special vision to the unfortunate story of Emmett Till and hismurder in Money, Mississippi. This moving and magical novel, whichtraces the generations leading up to and away from that horrible nightin 1955, drew me in immediately and swept me along through its richlyimagined world. I couldn't stop reading, caught up as I was in thatenticing place between truth and fantasy, the here-and-now and thewhat-was, the living and the dead, the ugliness and the beauty, thehatred and the love. What a rich chorus of voices Bernice McFadden hasfashioned from this place called Money."--
Lee Martin
, author of 
Break the Skin
The Bright Forever 

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