A Book On Time for These Times
Bill Harris’s lyrical I Got to Keep Moving is an elegiac story of love and violence (in all their many forms) and heartbreak. Original in voice, poetic in tone, it dazzles with narrative power. Harris here proves himself the peer of writers such as Colson Whitehead, Jesmyn Ward, and Richard Flanagan.– Neely Tucker, author of Love in the Driest Season and The Ways of the Dead.
In the twenty-five linked short stories in his collection I Got to Keep Moving, Harris vividly and deftly describes the inner and outer lives of a wide cast of characters as they navigate changing circumstances in the southern United States, pre- and post-Civil War. Addressing vital aspects of life—hope, family, violence, movement, and memory—I Got to Keep Moving is as mesmerizing as it is revealing. (See what Blac Detroit had to say about Bill’s latest and his legacy as an author. You can also hear Bill read from his work.)
A veritable Canterbury Tales, the book follows several African Americans, beginning in the 1830s on a plantation in the fictional town of Acorn, Alabama, as they head north and ending in the Midwest in the 1940s. Harris gives readers an unfiltered look into the legacy of slavery and racism in the United States, while demonstrating the strength and complexity of the players involved.
According to Michigan Public Radio, “Harris finds different prose styles to tell his different stories. He can write evocative, lyrical prose when needed, or he can write quick, staccato sentences when character and action demand them. At the end, in the broken prose of the shattered memory, Harris takes the readers of I Got to Keep Moving to an emotional place that might indeed be unforgettable.”
The book is available through Wayne State University Press.