Reflection on The Time of Our Singing

“Richard Powers’ Time of Our Singing: A Novel about Race and Miscegenation in America,” by E. P. Chiew, in her blog Fiction, Food, Food Fiction, June 10, 2014.

The wonder and passion Powers brings to elaborating his metaphysical conceits make his books more than merely cerebral. His closest literary relative isn’t another novelist or even a prose writer but the 17th century English poet John Donne, who would weave a cat’s cradle of connections between two seemingly dissimilar notions, then invert the construct and in doing so make you see both things in revelatory new ways.

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