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Praying for Sheetrock: A Work of Nonfiction

by Melissa Fay Greene

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Interesting read to learn about the history of rural Georgia. Needed a much more serious edit in the last half. Is this a New Classic? No. ( )
  deldevries | Apr 6, 2017 |
Greene tells the true story of a corrupt sheriff and an awakening African American community in McIntosh County, Georgia. What is so surprising is that the incidents occurred not in the 50s or during the traditional civil rights era but later, from the mid- to late-seventies and well into the eighties. The sheriff had such a hold on the community that the blacks who lived there, a majority of the population, accepted things as they were until one man stood up to it. The story is complicated and hard to relate in just a few sentences. One of the things I really enjoyed about the book was the attention to detail and description. Greene has done an excellent job of catching the essence of so many small communities in rural Georgia. Most of them are not corrupt, and that is not what I mean - it's the descriptions of the towns, the land, and the people. ( )
  hobbitprincess | Sep 30, 2012 |
This is one of the finest works of narrative nonfiction I've ever read. Anyone considering journalism or nonfiction writing as a career should read it. Melissa Fay Greene tells the story of McIntosh County, Ga., a place she obviously knows well, with the perspective of an outsider but the affection of a local. It's a tough story, about civil rights coming to this Southern community at long last and the flawed but brave people who led the fight. ( )
  keywestnan | Jul 10, 2008 |
This book was an insightful look into one Georgia county's struggle for justice and civil rights. Read more of my comments on this book at my book blog: http://www.alifeinbooks.com/?p=121
  Cinnamon-Girl | Jun 10, 2007 |
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Despite what it said in the New York Times or the Congressional Record, not everybody in America got the word right away about the civil rights movement. Thus it was that well into the 1970s, McIntosh County in backwoods Georgia remained a place where the black majority still had never elected one of their own to any county office, where black kids were bused away from the white school, and where the white county sheriff had his hand in every racket there was. Praying for Sheetrock is the saga of how, thanks to the leadership of a black shop-steward-turned-county-commissioner named Thurnell Alston, together with the aid of a cadre of idealistic Legal Services lawyers (Melissa Greene was one of their paralegals) this situation began to change. The story, written as grippingly as a novel, is charged with twists that only nonfiction can deliver; for example, Alston, for all the brave good he did, ultimately got caught in a federal sting and went to jail while the corrupt sheriff walked. This is, writes Greene, a story of "large and important things happening in a very little place."

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