Complete summary of John Edgar Wideman’s Brothers and Keepers. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Brothers and Keepers. Writing. Issuu is a digital publishing platform that makes it simple to publish magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, and more online. Easily share. Brothers and Keepers by John Edgar Wideman focuses on John, the narrator, who is an educated black man, and his brother, Robby, who serves a life sentence.

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Wideman has transcribed his brother’s words about how the happenstances of his place of birth and color of skin led him to trouble. Dec 25, Roslinda rated it it was amazing. Romantic Outlaws, Beloved Prisons: Jul 07, Emma rated it liked it. To ask other readers questions about Brothers and Keepersplease sign up.

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See 1 question about Brothers and Keepers…. May 16, Ty Morris rated it did not like it. This eventually led to television scams or selling stolen televisions. It’s a familiar place. John begins his annual visits to Western State Penitentiary, where Robby is a prisoner.

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Robby discusses how he always wanted to party and get success the easy way. Update – I am really glad i read this.


He is a man, for example, who lives uneasily in two worlds. The book was written in and he is currrently still imprisoned today. Every ounce of suffering and confusion amd dissociation is used to produce something beautiful.

Mar 05, Corinne rated it it was ok. Wideman recalls the capture of his younger brother Robby, details the subsequent trials that resulted in a sentence of life in prison, and provides vivid views of the American prison system. John feels that Robby is coming to see him. He chose the bright lights winking right in front of his face, just beyond his fingertips. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

Brothers and Keepers: A Memoir

At first this book started off slow for me, and it took me awhile to really get into it. The author does do a moderately decent job of narrating the events that lead up to the arrest of Robert Wideman for murder. I was trying to fit myself in John’s shoes and Robby’s shoes at the same time. I really loved this book once I started reading Robby’s part, and his breakdown of what happened that led to the murder. In March,he self-published “Briefs,” a new collection of microstories, on Lulu.

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The author who is ten years older and was not close to his younger brother writes the book with his brother to determine how their paths differed and where the decisions were made to go different ways. It was later determined that the shooting victim may have died because he was neglected in the emergency room for hours before being treated for his wound. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Being unemployed and in need of money to buy heroin he and his friends tried to steal a truck load of stolen TV sets, but one of his accomplices shot the fence who was trying to run away.

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Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Mar 07, Nancy rated it really liked it Shelves: You can “feel” his emotions and “see” what he envisions. Doing Time in America.