Edward P. Jones's Washington
Author Edward P. Jones's stories of black Washington have made him one of his generation's greatest writers.
Edward P. Jones's three works of fiction -- including his Pulitzer Prize-winning, antebellum-era novel, "The Known World" -- have been hailed as masterpieces.
The basement apartment at 618 New York Ave. NW was one of the many places where Jones and his family lived as he was growing up in Washington.
One of several abandoned buildings in the 400 block of New York Avenue NW. Jones and his family once lived on the block.
An alley off 5th Street NW, near one of his childhood homes. The family moved 18 times in 18 years, so much that it cut off almost all friendships, and this left a lasting mark on Jones. "I have only a vague address and a heart that is breaking," he once wrote in an essay of a bicycle trip at 13, when he tried to find boys who had been his closest friends at an earlier residence. He never found them.
On the corner of 5th Street and M Street NW, near another of Jones's childhood homes. Almost all of these addresses at which he has lived can be found in his stories.
Homes at 1138 5th St. NW; Jones's family lived on this block for a time.
Jones, who taught a fiction-writing class at George Washington University, celebrates the end of the term with his students at a pub near the campus. "In fiction, you have to build your case," he says. "It has to be made, step by step."
"Jones has woven nothing less than a tapestry of slavery, an artifact as vast and complex as anything to be found in the Louvre. Every thread is perfectly in place, every thread connects with every other," wrote The Post's Jonathan Yardley in his
2003 review of "The Known World."
The book has since been translated into a number of other languages.
Jones visits the 400 block of M Street NW, another childhood home. "When you move 18 times in 18 years, you learn that the world is forever shifting; you can't be certain of anything," he says.
The grave of his mother, Jeanette Jones, who died nearly 35 years ago.
Read the Story (Post Magazine, Nov. 15, 2009)
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