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Like Trees, Walking: A Novel by Ravi Howard

Like Trees, Walking: A Novel (2008)

by Ravi Howard

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Howard explores a compelling and disturbing topic, the lynching of a young black man in 1981 Mobile Alabama, and its ripple effect on teenage Roy Deacon and his family who have owned a funeral home for generations. I understand that the novel was developed out of a short story. It shows. There isn't really enough here for a full novel. Howard is a promising writer, however, and it will be interesting to see what he might write next. ( )
  fountainoverflows | Apr 19, 2011 |
Great story. Good book to pair with Lay that Trumpet in out Hands. ( )
  joanndahl | Oct 5, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060529598, Hardcover)

Based on the true story of a modern-day lynching in America, Ravi Howard's widely acclaimed debut novel exposes one of the most tragic chapters in the history of the American South.

On the morning of March 21, 1981, in Mobile, Alabama, nineteen-year-old Michael Donald was found dead, his body badly beaten and hanging from a tree on Herndon Avenue. Brothers Paul and Roy Deacon of the Deacon Memorial Funeral Home are called upon to bury their close friend and classmate, and the experience will leave them forever changed. Along with other residents of their hometown, the Deacon brothers must struggle to understand the circumstances surrounding Donald's murder—the city's first lynching in more than sixty years and a gruesome reminder of racial inequalities in the New South.

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Based on the true story of a 1981 lynching in Mobile, Alabama, the tale of brothers Paul and Roy Deacon finds their lives changed by the hanging death of a childhood friend, which forces them to reevaluate the traditions and values of their upbringing.… (more)

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