Let the Dead Bury Their Dead: And Other Stories
“Nothing short of a wonder-book.”—New York Times Book Review
The story collection that hailed the arrival of an essential voice in southern literature—a sharp, rich exploration of what it means to poor, Black, and gay in the United States.
A three-year-old boy begins to deliver messages from dead relatives. A zombie uprising is led by an evil preacher. A woman is haunted by a child her husband may have drowned. A pig talks. The stories in Let the Dead Bury Their Dead embody the type of fiction that defined Randall Kenan's career: set in the thinly veiled fictional Carolina town of Tims Creek, they follow a diverse cast of Southern folkways, and stare into a long shadow of history. A stunning mix of magic, myth, and folktales, Kenan masterfully portrays a world of varied voices, and in wondrous prose, brings to life the ghosts of our past and present.
About the Author
Randall Kenan (1963-2020) was the former chancellor of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and a professor of English and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Sherwood Anderson Award, the John Dos Passos Award, and was the 1997 Rome Prize winner from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was awarded the North Carolina Award for Literature in 2005.
Praise for Let the Dead Bury Their Dead: And Other Stories
“Nothing short of a wonder-book.” — New York Times Book Review
"Randall Kenan is an American master." — Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage
"A genius, our Black Marquez." — Terry McMillan, author of Waiting to Exhale
“Kenan’s grasp of his lightly fictionalized home’s history, geography, and culture was as keen as Faulkner’s.” — Slate
“One of America’s finest writers.” — Southern Review of Books