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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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? 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.

A keeoers, unsettling account, Brothers and Keepers weighs the bonds of blood, tenderness, and guilt that connect Wideman to his brother and measures the distance that lies between them.

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Please try again later. Well written in and a compelling true-based story of contrasts between two black brothers — the Ivy League-educated author and his street-wise, crime-adicted brother, serving time for murder — and their differnet paths from their urban-plight roots in the ‘s??? It reinforces how inhumane our prison system can be; there has to be a better way. I read this book as an assignment in a UW Certificate in Memoir class.

I was excited to read a memoir written by a man. I like how Wideman slipped into the vernacular on the street, in kespers prison, in his mind, in his own voice.

Brothers and Keepers

I liked the tension he created before, during and after a prison visit, and about the conflict he felt over things he could have done differently as a brother. This is a powerful story of time, place and circumstance.

He has become a better man than he ever could have on the streets that consumed him. One person found this helpful. An amazing story of a brother, who after loosing contact with his younger sibling, finds himself very distant and on totally different realities. It wasn’t exactly what I ordered but that’s ok.

I ordered a new hard cover and got a used paperback. The company was great to deal with though. I only ordered the book because I knew the Widemans and went through school with the authors boys.


It ended up veins a good read! My perspective very much changed after reading this text. When he gave up at the end Robby krepers, I felt such remorse for a ‘criminal’. See all 34 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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