GalleyCrush: Look for Me and I’ll Be Gone

by Staff

Today’s GalleyCrush is John Edgar Wideman’s Look for Me and I’ll Be Gone, forthcoming from Scribner on November 9, 2021.

Perfect pitch: “From John Edgar Wideman, ‘a master [who] boldly subverts what a short story can be’ (Publishers Weekly) comes a stunning story collection that spans a range of topics from Michael Jordan to Emmett Till, from childhood memories to the final day in a prison cell.”

First lines: “Two young people, different colors, my color, pass me. Dark fist of her topknot, edges of his fro outlined by a soft glow above their heads when I first glance down the street and notice the couple busy with each other, strides synced, no hurry, not strolling either, about a block away coming towards me on Grand, a glow hovering, visible against early morning light of a clear spring day that frames the figures as they approach, pavement shadowy under their feet, the sky behind and above them stretching up and up into pale, cloudless, bluish distance, a sky finally no color, all colors, same and different, fading until my eyes drop, and when I look again to find gleam of halos, the couple is behind me.”

Cover credit: Jaya Miceli

Book notes: Hardcover, fiction, 336 pages.

Author bio: John Edgar Wideman’s books include American Histories, Writing to Save a Life, Brothers and Keepers, Philadelphia Fire, Fatheralong, Hoop Roots, and Sent for You Yesterday. He won the PEN/Faulkner Award twice and has twice been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and National Book Award. He is a MacArthur Fellow and a recipient of the Lannan Literary Award for Lifetime Achievement and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. He divides his time between New York and France.