A Different Drummer by William M. KelleyA Different Drummer by William M. Kelley

A Different Drummer

byWilliam M. Kelley

Paperback | May 1, 1990

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"Brilliant....The rare first novel that makes future ones seem both inevitable and exciting."
—Kathryn Shulz, The New Yorker

When Tucker Caliban, with his wife and two children, salts his fields, burns his house, and leaves the confederate state that's been his home, the entire black population follows him. Told from the points of view of the white residents who remained, A Different Drummer remains, decades after its first publication in 1962, one of the most trenchant, imaginative, and hard-hitting works of fiction to come out of the bitter struggle for African-American civil rights.
William M. Kelley was an African American novelist and short-story writer. He was a writer in residence at the State University of New York at Geneseo and a teacher at the New School and Sarah Lawrence College. He was the winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for lifetime achievement and the Dana Reed Prize for creative writing. He w...
Title:A Different DrummerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.02 × 5.22 × 0.5 inPublished:May 1, 1990Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385413904

ISBN - 13:9780385413909


From Our Editors

Set in a mythical backwater Southern town, A Different Drummer is the extraordinary story of Tucker Caliban, a quiet, determined descendant of an African chief who for no apparent reason destroys his farm and heads for parts unknown--setting off a mass exodus of the state's entire Black population. A novel of compelling power and haunting impact

Editorial Reviews

"Kelley...brought a fresh, experimental voice to black fiction in novels and stories that used recurring characters to explore race relations and racial identity in the United States." —The New York Times

"[A] masterpiece....Kelley wrote intricate novels that identified with the rejection of dominant social orders." —Public Books

"Superbly written...a stunning work." —Kirkus Reviews