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Fiction. African & African American Studies. California Interest. Set in the Central California countryside and the Southern California desert, BY THE LEMON TREE's old school stories chronicle the collision of wide-eyed childhood with the end of lives human and animal. In "Twice Good" a downtrodden city administrator shows up for a Black Panther protest forty years too late. "Funeral in Fresno" introduces us to an impatient reverend who is forced to confront his past and his future, while in the title story, a young boy born and raised in East Oakland bears witness to life and death in an ancient rural world.
Keenan Norris' first novel, Brother and the Dancer, won the 2012 James D. Houston Award. He's completing his next novel, set in a star-crossed Oakland, and a non-fiction book about Richard Wright, Chicago, and the problem with Chi-Raq. He's the editor of Street Lit: Representing the Urban Landscape and his short work has appeared in numerous forums, including the Los Angeles Review of Books, Oakland Noir, popmatters.com and BOOM: A Journal of California.Author City: OAKLAND, CA USA