I came across this extremely intriguing write-up this week on Kim Talks Books about an historical fiction novel base on the Philadelphia Fire in 1985. What Kim says about people outside the Philadelphia area not knowing about this incident is true. I had never heard of it and Kim’s review makes me want to read this book sooner rather than later. The other two books sound interesting as well. Take a look at Kim’s blog and enjoy my Sunday Reblog!
Philadelphia Fire: a novel by John Edgar Wideman
Anyone who grew up in Philadelphia in the 1970s and 1980s remembers the MOVE group. John Edgar Wideman’s novel, Philadelphia Fire, was inspired by the 1985 police bombing of the MOVE house in West Philadelphia that killed eleven people and razed an entire neighbourhood, destroying sixty houses. What surprises me is that no one outside of the Philadelphia area seems to even know about this, but it’s left an indelible mark on the city.
So what is Philadelphia Fire about? From the blurb: Cudjoe, a writer and exile who returns to his old neighborhood after spending a decade fleeing from his past, and his search for the lone survivor of the fire — a young boy who was seen running from the flames.
In case you’re wondering who is the little boy running from the flames, the character is based on Birdie…
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