By Chris Abani
From the writer of the award-winning Graceland comes a searing, dazzlingly written novel of a tarnished urban of Angels Praised as “singular” (The Philadelphia Inquirer) and “extraordinary” (The big apple occasions e-book Review), Graceland surprised critics and immediately validated Chris Abani as a thrilling new voice in fiction. In his moment novel, set opposed to the uncompromising panorama of East L.A., Abani follows a suffering artist named Black, whose lifestyles and friendships display a global some distance faraway from the mainstream. via Black's trip of self- discovery, Abani increases crucial questions on poverty, faith, and ethnicity in the United States this present day. The Virgin of Flames, a wonderful and gritty novel full of indelible pictures and unforgettable characters, confirms Chris Abani as an immensely gifted author.
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The Virgin of Flames by Chris Abani