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September 14, 2021
9780813151076
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$12.95 USD
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September 14, 2021
9780813155050
9780813151076
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9780813151076
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Heartwood, expanded edition

When Trina Sims and Jenny Bryan first meet, they don't relate well to each other. Jenny is troubled, struggling to escape personal demons, and somewhat closed-minded, the result of growing up in a racist town. Trina is a proud Black woman—ambitious, strong-willed, and unafraid to speak her mind. But after the pair spend a few days together, they soon realize that they're both yearning for understanding and a fresh start and are, at heart, more alike than different.

At the center of every tree can be found the heartwood—the very soul of the tree. And at the heart of this illuminating novel are characters with more complexities and contradictions than appear on the surface. Members of a rural Kentucky community, their lives are loosely connected through chance encounters, and yet somehow deeply intertwined. This captivating story by National Book Award-winning author Nikky Finney is filled with the sights and sounds and hopes and hurts of a land and its people. Some are burdened with racist attitudes, anger, and fear, while others strive to see the good in their neighbors.

This "tiny little book about the human heart and what it can do" was first released 25 years ago as part of New Books for New Readers, a series designed for adult literacy students. In this expanded anniversary edition, with a new preface by Finney, all readers will find lessons about life and understanding, and the encouragement to live audaciously while acknowledging the goodness that is all around us—if we only strive to recognize and embrace it.

About the Author

Nikky Finney is a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets and the John H. Bennett, Jr., Chair in Creative Writing and Southern Letters at the University of South Carolina. She edited Black Poets Lean South and authored On Wings Made of Gauze, Rice, The World Is Round, Head Off & Split (winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry), and Love Child's Hotbed of Occasional Poetry. Finney's work, including her now legendary National Book Award acceptance speech, is on display in the inaugural exhibition of the African American Museum of History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
University Press of Kentucky
expanded edition

 

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Other Titles by Nikky Finney

Perfect Black

Crystal Wilkinson, foreword by Nikky Finney, illustrated by Ronald W. Davis
Aug 2021 - University Press of Kentucky
$29.95 USD - Hardback
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$19.95 USD - Electronic book text

State of the Heart

edited by Aida Rogers, foreword by Nikky Finney, afterword by Cassandra King
Aug 2018 - University of South Carolina Press
$41.99 USD - Hardback
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State of the Heart

edited by Aïda Rogers, foreword by Nikky Finney, afterword by Cassandra King Conroy
Aug 2018 - University of South Carolina Press
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Wanting Radiance

Karen Salyer McElmurray, with contributions by Christina Meares
Nov 2021 - University Press of Kentucky
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A Little More than Kin

Ernest Hebert
Aug 2021 - Wesleyan University Press
$24.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$19.99 USD - Electronic book text

Dogs of March

Ernest Hebert
Aug 2021 - Wesleyan University Press
$24.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$19.99 USD - Electronic book text