Synopses & Reviews
Memorable . . . a daring, extravagant novel. The New Yorker
By the National Book Award-winning author of Middle Passage
One night in the antebellum South, a slaveowner and his African-American butler stay up to all hours drinking Madeira and playing cards. Finally, too besotted to face their respective wives, they drunkenly decide to switch places in each other s beds. The result is a hilarious imbroglio and an offspring, Andrew Hawkins, whose life becomes the Oxherding Tale, a deliciously funny, bitterly ironic account of slavery, racism, oppression and the African-American spirit in the Old South. Through sexual escapades, picaresque adventures, and philosophical inquiry, young Hawkins walks the line between white and black worlds and comments wryly on marriage, human nature, slave catchers, and culture along the way.
A wonderfully funny, erotica, bittersweet story of the hero s travels from slavery to freedom. Chicago Sun Times
About the Author
Charles Johnson's books include the National Book Award-winning novel Middle Passage, Dreamer, and Africans in America. He is currently the Pollock Professor of English at the University of Washington.