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African American Women Writers

Gayl Jones (1949- ), author of novels, poetry and short stories, was just 26 years old when she earned national acclaim for her first novel, Corregidora (1975). With her second novel, Eva's Man (1976), Jones consolidated her reputation as a writer who confronted slavery's legacy as it manifests itself in the lives of contemporary African Americans in the form of violence and abuse. With these early efforts, Jones successfully transferred elements of African American oral storytelling to the written page. After the death of her husband in 1998, Jones published Mosquito (1999), an ambitious stream-of-consciousness novel that evinced a new direction for the talented author.

Genre: Literary fiction; Psychological fiction

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