Song of the Shank

Jefferey Renard Allen’s “Song of the Shank” is a contemporary work of art about an unforgettable man living in a fictional America throughout the Civil War era. The beautiful novel is centered on the life of a 19th-century slave known by the name of Thomas Greene Wiggings, who was a piano prodigy but also an autistic, blind slave. Incredibly alluring, and painfully beautiful, “Song of the Shank” explores themes of art and genius, religion and class, race and more. Leaving aside the fictional aspect, the author is also focused on realistic elements throughout the book; the portrayal of the main character and his ability to influence the lives of other people is what makes the book so special and brilliant in historical fiction.

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