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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Brothers and Keepers

There was a problem adding your email address. John feels that Robby is coming to see him. His style is provocative and thought-provoking. The author who is ten years older and was not close to his younger brother writes the book brothfrs his brother to determine how their paths differed and where the decisions were made to go different ways. The first section is Visits: The prisoners keep losing their rights.

Showing of 34 reviews. The younger brother commits a crime, someone dies and both brothers have quite a journey of discovery to come to terms with many things. The Unconscious Meanings of Crime and I liked the tension he created before, during nad after a prison visit, and about the conflict he felt over things he could have done differently as a brother.


This book really makes you see through the eyes of Robby The brother. Copyrights Brothers and Keepers: May 06, Leah Pileggi rated it it was amazing. Mariner Books; Reprint edition January 26, Language: Robby tells the story of what happened that fateful night.

Wideman’s reflection on his brother’s downfall and life prison sentence is heartbreaking and fascinating. Police still viciously target people based on skin color.

This technique allowed the reader to have an intimate relationship with Robby, although some aspects of Robby may have been fictionalized. Doing Time in America. I originally liked the author’s writing style at start of book he is apparently normally a fiction writer — at that point, it was more focused on himself and how Robby’s actions affected him. John and Robby begin to write this book.

Sep 18, Brian rated it did not like it.

Brothers and Keepers: A Memoir: John Edgar Wideman: : Books

We big-time undercover supercops. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and he is a successful writer and professor. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. When I caught on, there I was, my listening, waiting self part of the story, listening, waiting for me. He felt something bad was going to happen.

Add both to Cart Add both to List. Feb 28, Masked rated it it was amazing Shelves: Wideman recalls the capture of his younger brother Robby, details the subsequent But they live very different lives.


Mar 05, Corinne rated it it was ok. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Anger is an apparent theme expressed through the Widemans’ hatred for Eideman Americans and United States law.

I was trying to fit myself in John’s shoes and Robby’s shoes at the same time. His year-younger brother, Robby, robbed and murdered someone in and is in prison for life.

Rea The author does a wonderful job of “painting the picture” of his experience of going to visit his brother who is in prison. Pages with related products. Contents Preface to the Mariner Edition. The writing is dense and evocative. Robert, a junkie, drug dealer, and thief, eventually was sentenced to life in a Pittsburgh prison with no chance of parole, even though it wasn’t he who shot the keeperx. He dies the next morning.

Especially if you are related to someone who is or has been incarcerated. The reader is compelled to face some hard truths about the Black experience in the US as well as our increasingly dysfunctional prison system.