Edward P. Jones: The James Joyce of black Washington

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Edward P. Jones, a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, was born and raised in Washington, D.C.

According to The Washington Post’s Jonathan Yardley, Jones is “one of the most important writers of his own generation.”

All of the locations described in his collection of short stories about working class African-Americans living in Washington, D.C., Lost in the City (1992) and All Aunt Hagar’s Children (2006),
are real locations from Jones’ childhood.  According to novelist Dave Eggers in The New York Times, All Aunt Hagar’s Children “stun[s] on every page; there are too many breathtaking lines to count.”

If you either live in or are visiting DC, you might consider reading one of his books and checking out the locations in his short stories!

See this article in The Washington Post to read more about Jones and his work.

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