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Acclaim for Jeffery Renard Allen’s SONG OF THE SHANK is resounding from all corners of the country. The cover of today’s New York Times Book Review celebrates the novel as “Masterly. . . . The kind of imaginative work only a prodigiously gifted risk-taker could produce.”

From Boston to Los Angeles and Atlanta to Chicago, the response is unanimous:

“Epic and brilliant.”
Los Angeles Times

“A landmark of modern African-American literature.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Tantalizing and wonderful.”
The Wall Street Journal

“Spellbinding.”
The Boston Globe
“Phenomenal….Unforgettable….A Faulknerian tour-de-force.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“Engrossing. . . . The rewards are stunning.”
Star Tribune

“Beautiful.”
Chicago Tribune

“Inventive, earthy, lyrical, demanding, rewarding …. There are echoes, however oblique or not, in this potential Great American Novel of past masters Faulkner, Hemingway, Ellison, Melville, John Edgar Wideman, Ishmael Reed.”
San Francisco Chronicle

A powerful new novel from the prodigiously talented author of RAILS UNDER MY BACK, SONG OF THE SHANK is Jeffery Renard Allen’s contemporary American masterpiece about music, race, an unforgettable man, and an unreal America during the Civil War era. Published July 2014 by Graywolf Press.