Celebrating Black History Month at the VCU Libraries
Reviewed by Monique Prince, Undergraduate Services Librarian
Let the Dead Bury Their Dead is a collection of short stories and a novella set in fictional Tims Creek, a rural North Carolina town closely resembling Kenan's hometown. Many of the stories contain elements of magical realism including spirits, talking animals, and wizards. The novella is ostensibly an academic study of oral histories, diaries, and letters (complete with footnotes to real and fictional sources) relating to the history of Tims Creek. Themes of racial tensions, the black experience, and homosexuality are explored in this novella, as well as in the other short stories in this collection and in Randall Kenan's other fiction and nonfiction works.