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August Wilson

A family tragedy of disenfranchisement, idealism, race relations as well as broken dreams set in an ‘all-black’ neighbourhood in 1950’s Pittsburgh. Troy, who works as a garbage man, has a wife and two sons. They live in a house that Troy bought using the compensation money his brother received for being shot in the head in WW II, which left him mentally disabled. Troy’s oldest son, a jazz musician, visits the family once a week to ask for money while his younger son pursues a career as a professional football player – something Troy strictly opposes for very personal reasons. When Troy becomes the first black garbage truck driver in the city and things start to look hopeful, there is still another hard truth to be confronted.

· · 1983

Critical edition

Wilson, August. Fences. Samuel French Trade, 1998. 100 pp., ISBN 9780573619052

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