A Different Drummer (Paperback)
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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 01/11/2018
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'Brilliant... The rare first novel that makes future ones seem both inevitable and exciting.' - The New Yorker 

In 1962, aged just 24, William Melvin Kelley's debut novel A Different Drummer earned him critical comparisons to James Baldwin and William Faulkner. Fifty-five years later, author and journalist Kathryn Schulz happened upon the novel serendipitously and was inspired to write the New Yorker article 'The Lost Giant of American Literature', included as a foreword to this edition.

June, 1957. One afternoon, in the backwater town of Sutton, a young black farmer by the name of Tucker Caliban matter-of-factly throws salt on his field, shoots his horse and livestock, sets fire to his house and departs the southern state. And thereafter, the entire African-American population leave with him.

The reaction that follows is told across a dozen chapters, each from the perspective of a different white townsperson. These are boys, girls, men and women; either liberal or conservative, bigoted or sympathetic - yet all of whom are grappling with this spontaneous, collective rejection of subordination.

A lost masterpiece republished for 2018, A Different Drummer is for readers who have been waiting for the next rediscovered classic.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781787478039
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 270 g
Dimensions: 196 x 163 x 24 mm


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'...a fairy tale, in the best sense of the word: simple, timeless, mythic.' - The Sunday Times

'Kelley blended fantasy and fact to construct an alternative world whose sweep and complexity drew comparisons to James Joyce and William Faulkner.' - The New York Times 

'Brilliant... The rare first novel that makes future ones seem both inevitable and exciting.' - The New Yorker 

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“Nothing but thought-provoking, timeless masterpiece....”

This is all I can say about this book, an amazing thought-provoking, timeless masterpiece. I would urge every reader to put it on top of their reading list for this year.

Even though, it is nearly three decades after... More

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Lewis Phillips

“Bitter sweet, heart-wrenching, but in its own way – and in its own bleakness – hopeful.”

From the very first chapter, I knew that this book was a keeper – and, to me, even if its story didn’t unroll the way I wanted it, I knew it wouldn’t matter. Because its prose would carry me through on their own.

The... More

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“An important re-issue of a 'lost' classic”

‘Thus begins a legend, Mister Willson.’

A re-publication of what is being hailed as a ‘lost classic’ of American literature, William Melvin Kelley’s 1962 novel centres on a fictional event in a fictional Southern... More

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