The Chaneysville Incident by David Bradley

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The Chaneysville Incident is a 1981 novel by David Bradley. It concerns a black historian who investigates an incident involving the death of his father and a prior incident involving the death of some 12 slaves. John, the historian, struggles to solve the mystery of his father, Moses Washington, a moonshiner with a troubled past. Imagination, hunting, death, and racial tensions all make thematic appearances in this novel. Chaneysville is in Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

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The 1253rd greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 4th on In Which These Are the 100 Greatest Novels (ThisRecording.com)
  2. - PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (PEN/Faulkner)

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