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John Edgar Wideman is the author of dozens of books and stories and has in the last two decades claimed his rightful place among the most important contemporary American authors. Central to his legacy, the Homewood books, originally published as separate volumes, Damballah, Hiding Place, and Sent For You Yesterday, were collected under the title The Homewood Trilogy and published in 1985. "The Beginning of Homewood" has emerged as the most anthologized of all the stories in the volume.

"The Beginning of Homewood" employs Wideman's call and response narrative technique to blend the stories of his ancestor Sybela Owens, his elderly aunt May, and his own incarcerated brother, Robby. In the story, which he confesses has "something wrong with it," he poses the question whether Sybela's crime (of escaping slavery) can be weighed against Robby's. Though Wideman never offers a resolution for this thorny problem, by juxtaposing these two images of freedom and bondage, he encourages readers to explore the complex and deeply ambiguous moral landscape that all of the characters inhabit.

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