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From the PublisherRobert Olen Butler Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain A Life for a Life is a dazzling and profound tale of cosmic fate and social forces, of violence and forgiveness and redemption. With this novel Ernest Hill clearly establishes himself as one of our finest writers.
Robert L. Harris, Jr. Associate Professor of African-American History, Cornell University From a tale of tragedy, Ernest Hill poignantly extracts a compelling story of the love, faith, integrity, and perseverance that have sustained black families and that have been the central ingredients in transforming boys into men.
Dennis A. Williams author of Crossover and Somebody's Child In A Life for a Life, Ernest Hill presents a compelling fable of despair and redemption — and an enduring image of the power of fatherhood.
Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Judge Baker Children's Center A Life for a Life is an engrossing book, an inspiration to black youth who often must cope with a crime- and drug-infested environment. D'Ray's transformation is a tribute to the strong kinship bonds that have sustained the black community.