When the 500th person they know dies of AIDS, Colin and Justin flee New York City. They end up in Galatia, a Kansas town founded by freed slaves in the wake of the Civil War whose population is now divided, evenly but uneasily, between African Americans descended from the town s founders and Caucasians who buy up more of the town s land with each passing year. But within weeks of relocating, they are implicated in a harrowing crime, and discover that they can t outrun their own tortured history, nor that of their new home. An encompassing, visionary, many-threaded work, “Now It s Time to Say Goodbye “is an American novel of great scope and nearly mythological intensity.
This is the third volume of Gospel Harmonies, a series of seven stand-alone books (four have been written) that follow the character of John in various guises as he attempts to navigate the uneasy relationship between the self and the postmodern world.”