Structured as a triptych, Africaville chronicles the lives of three generations of the Sebolt family whose lives unfold against the tumultuous events of the twentieth century. As it explores notions of identity, passing, cross-racial relationships, the importance of place, and the meaning of home, Jeffrey Colvin tells the larger story of the black experience in parts of Canada and the United States. Vibrant and lyrical, filled with colorful details, and told in a powerful, haunting voice, this extraordinary novel is a landmark work from a sure-to-be major literary talent.
Jeffrey Colvin served in the United States Marine Corps and is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Harvard University, and Columbia University, where he received an MFA in fiction. His work has appeared in Narrative, Hot Metal Bridge, Prick of the Spindle, Word Riot, Painted Bride Quarterly, Rain Taxi Review of Books, Millions, and Brooklyn Rail. He is currently a member of the National Book Critics Circle and is an assistant editor at Narrative magazine. He lives in New York City.