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Publisher's Summary

A convention-defying novel by best-selling writer Walter Mosley, John Woman recounts the transformation of an unassuming boy named Cornelius Jones into John Woman, an unconventional history professor - while the legacy of a hideous crime lurks in the shadows.

At 12 years old, Cornelius, the son of an Italian American woman and an older black man from Mississippi named Herman, secretly takes over his father's job at a silent film theater in New York's East Village. Five years later, as Herman lives out his last days, he shares his wisdom with his son, explaining that the person who controls the narrative of history controls their own fate. 

After his father dies and his mother disappears, Cornelius sets about reinventing himself - as Professor John Woman, a man who will spread Herman's teachings into the classrooms of his unorthodox Southwestern university and beyond. 

But there are other individuals who are attempting to influence the narrative of John Woman, and they might know something about the facts of his hidden past.

Engaging with some of the most provocative ideas of recent intellectual history, John Woman is a compulsively listenable, deliciously unexpected novel about the way we tell stories and whether the stories we tell have the power to change the world.

©2018 Walter Mosley (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Walter Mosley Delivers

As we have come to expect, Walter Mosley delivers another groundbreaking, socially relevant message and character. Thank you sir. I hope you never run out of characters.

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I hated for the story to end!!!

I wish that the story could be made into a series. Walter Moseley is such a magnificent story teller.

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Excellent!

Walter Mosley has done it again! John Woman is a must read for any one who regards history critically. I loved the book!

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Another winner by Walter Mosley!

Walter Mosley does it again. He is such an outstanding writer, keep them coming please!

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intriguing

Very different from other books Walter Mosley has written. Interesting and captivating. A must read

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Fantastic

Wonderfully read. Couldn't stop listening. Beautiful, nail biting, sexy, brain food. Thank u for this escape.

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Smart, but long

I love the complexity of the book but the last couple of hours dragged a bit. I liked it.

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Mind Rendezvous

This refreshing examination of love and the mind’s challenges and potential for expansion and creative flexibility that can engender social and evolutionary progress is a beautiful poetic prose masterpiece. Mr. Moseley is a kindred spirit I will cherish the rest of this life and beyond.

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Thought provoking

An interesting read that has twists in all the right and unexpected places. Mosley never disappoints.

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More to come!

Walter Mosley does it again. When I picked up this book I did not know what to expect but I know I enjoy the many writing styles of Walter Moseley. What I got was what i would call a wild ride into the mine of a genius. Through the secret organizations and university halls. I can't wait for the next adventure of John Woman!!

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