At family gatherings, the older folk had the floor, had pride of place, and it was their stories I remember.
INTERVIEWER Could you give me a brief example of one or two of the stories?
In (2001), he has returned to a childhood passion: basketball.
Wideman sat down for a first interview in his small, book-lined office at the University of Massachusettes, where he has taught since 1986.
In Wideman’s work another life, a different set of possibilities, is always within reach.
Wideman describes what he values about this community: “I think it’s the people who make the neighborhood.
The Homewood neighborhood in Pittsburgh where he spent his youth serves as the setting for a number of his books.
That’s the difference between learning about Homewood through my writing and learning about Homewood from sociologists.
There have been interesting books written about Homewood, but the people make the place” (“Home” 454).
In 1965, he married Judith Ann Goldman, with whom he has three children.