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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent work

    After living in Germany as the son of a military officer, Sarge watches the break-up of the marriage between his parents. His father remains overseas while his mother returns to Kentucky where Sarge's maternal grandmother, Ruth still owns a farm. <P> On the former tobacco plantation lays an old slave cemetery that Ruth tenderly cares for as if it is her own special garden. For several generations, slaves were buried in the cemetery. Ruth begins to tell Sarge the stories behind each graveside. However, Ruth is either unable to or refuses to tell Sarge the story behind one particular stone that marks the birth and death of baby Kate. Sarge who has handled his parents' separation rather poorly turns to the deceased slaves for solace. He needs to know the story of Kate if he is to get past the pending divorce. As Sarge seeks the truth, he concludes that some secrets are better off buried. <P>THE COLORED GARDEN is a tremendous but different type of coming of age tale that will thrill readers who relish their fiction to contain something entertaining yet different. The story line centers on the stunned Sarge as he listens with earnest to the tales about the dead slaves while seeking something new to believe in. Oscar H. Bennett has written a winner that digs deep into the essence of human nature in an articulate and intelligent novel that is worth reading. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2000

    From the heart

    After reading the review in the NY Times, I bought this book and haven't been disappointed. Mr. Bennett captures a part of everyone's youth in this story of a boy and his grandmother.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2000

    Wonderfully Written

    A wonderfully written story about growing up. I have read this book several times and find myself crying in the same places each time. As soon as my children are teen agers, I will require them to read this book. Thank you, Mr. Bennett.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2000

    A Deeply touching story

    Any one who has ever wondered about their family history will love this book. And by the time you finish reading it, you will have gained a new respect for your ancestors' triumphs and tragedies. No matter how distant the past seems, it always touches the present.

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