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”Deeply reflective, occasionally offbeat and tearful, Datcher’s memoir combines attitude, honesty and romance in a way that should appeal to both men and women. This triumphant tale is a stunning tribute to perseverance.”

—- Publishers Weekly

“Brutally honest, hauntingly poetic…heartbreaking.”

— Essence


“Set in an era of white mob violence that crested and broke in the early decades of the twentieth century, Michael Datcher weaves a narrative of three generations of sons trying to cultivate and maintain their manhood against relentless forces. Simultaneously a mythic novel and a historical one, AMERICUS is a story of the monsters that emerge from the monstrosities of American history. With this novel, Datcher joins August Wilson and Toni Morrison as an American storyteller.”

-— P. Gabrielle Foreman, Ned B. Allen Professor of English &Black Studies, The University of Delaware

“Through powerful storytelling and compelling characters, Datcher weaves an American Story that makes you think deeply about the story of America.”

—- Eric Jerome Dickey, New York Times Bestselling author of A Wanted Woman

“Readers (and writers) will exult in this dazzling iteration of Egyptian mythology set on the banks of the Mississippi River in East St. Louis, Illinois. In Michael Datcher’s brilliantly wrought ‘soular’ system, a set of twins, a family, a community, and America undergo rites de passage in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Datcher’s novelistic authority includes … some passages that are reminiscent of Gabriel García Márquez and Toni Morrison.”

—- Eugene B. Redmond, Poet Laureate of East St. Louis, Illinois & Founding Editor, Drumvoices Revue


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