At a glance:
- Author: Randall Kenan
- First Published: 1989
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Psychological realism
- Time of Work: April 29-30, 1984, and December 8, 1985
- Setting: North Carolina
- Characters: Horace Thomas Cross, Reverend James (“Jimmy”) Malachai Greene, Anne Gazelle Dubois Greene, Ezekiel Cross, Gideon Stone
- Genres: Long fiction, Psychological fiction
- Subjects: African Americans, Self-discovery, Blacks, Gay men, Homosexuality or homosexuals, Suicide, 1980's, Mental illness, North Carolina, Devils or demons
- Locales: United States, North Carolina, North America
A Visitation of Spirits is essentially a novel about homosexuality. Young Horace Cross finds himself irresistibly attracted to men and has been having one affair after another. He finds that his attraction to males does not recognize racial barriers; he has love affairs with virile white actors who are playing in summer stock in his rural area, and he prefers to associate with a group of rowdy young white males who are considered renegades and dropouts at his high school. Horace is exceptionally bright and has been getting top grades up until the time of this...
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