Walking Through Mirrors By Brian Keith Jackson




In his breathtaking debut,The View From Here, Brian Keith Jackson took us inside the heart of black family life in the rural South, where a woman struggle with marriage, pregnancy, and desire. Now, in a novel that resonates with pure emotion and the unwavering strength of the ties that bind families, he sends photographer Jeremy Bishop back to a Louisiana town for the funeral that marks the end of his father's life-and the true beginning of his own.

His grandmother, Mama B, called him Patience. Jeremy was, she said, the most agreeable child, never crying out his needs. Jeremy would have liked to tell her that, even while growing up in Elsewhere, Louisiana, his hidden wants festered deep inside him. His mother died just hours after his birth, and Mama B and his Aunt Jess raised him after his father disappeared. Even after his dad returned on day with his new family, Jeremy kept his distance from his one living parent. But it is a decade later, and Jeremy, now a successful New York photographer gets a phone call from Louisiana. It is time for Jeremy Bishop to journey the long way home t help bury his father.

In the graveyard where his father's body will be laid to rest; in a stranger's appearance at the wake; in a suicide; a murder; and finally inside a cardboard box that had belonged to his father, Jeremy will find himself in ways he never imagines. Remembering his youth in flashbacks as texture as the denim patch in his grandmother's rocking chair, he weaves together past and present--and explores the ever shifting consents made between parents and children, husbands and wives, sisters and brothers.

A novel at once astonishing and universally human, WALKING THROUGH MIRRORS is Brian Keith Jackson's incredible map that ultimately leads to the roots of self. Moving from weakness to strength, throughcomfort and loss, we travel with Jeremy as he seeks his place I the fabrics of a family. And, when the regrets and redemptions of growing up at last come to together for him, we feel the power and the pain for acknowledging the truth--and of discerning which pieces of our own family puzzles belong to us.

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