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A Stranger in the Kingdom

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Murder wasn't the only crime this town would never forget.
Kingdom County, Vermont, is tucked between the Green Mountains and the White Mountains not far from the Canadian border- a small town of proud people with ling memories. When the preacher, Walt Andrews, came to town, he was an outsider, a stranger. He was also a black man.

It was the summer James Kinneson turned thirteen. Son of the newspaper owner ...
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Overview

Murder wasn't the only crime this town would never forget.
Kingdom County, Vermont, is tucked between the Green Mountains and the White Mountains not far from the Canadian border- a small town of proud people with ling memories. When the preacher, Walt Andrews, came to town, he was an outsider, a stranger. He was also a black man.

It was the summer James Kinneson turned thirteen. Son of the newspaper owner and younger brother of the town's fiery defense lawyer, James witnessed the shattering events that would tear the town apart - a brutal murder and the trial of a man, not so much for what he might have done, but for what he was. A Stranger in the Kingdom is a powerful drama of passion, prejudice, and innocence suddenly lost—and perhaps found again.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Set in northern Vermont in 1952, Mosher's Disappearances tale of racism and murder is powerful, viscerally affecting and totally contemporary in its exposure of deep-seated prejudice and intolerance. In this big, old-fashioned novel, the calm of Kingdom County is shattered when a high-spirited French-Canadian runaway is shot to death, and the black Presbyterian minister in whose home she took refuge is charged with killing her to conceal the alleged fact that he made her pregnant. Narrator Jim Kinneson, a high schooler whose tough dad runs the local newspaper, is almost painfully naive about racism, and the very leisurely pace, combined with the gossipy, small-town flavor, dampens the reader's interest for the first half of the book. But Walt Andrews, the wry, articulate minister, an ex-Olympic athlete and widower, is one of the most believable characters in recent memory, and the courtroom trial, which runs for nearly 100 pages, is highly dramatic. To get Andrews off the hook, Jim's inexperienced lawyer-brother must find the real murderer. A related puzzle, which involves a skeleton in the Kinneson family closet, pulls the loose ends together a bit too neatly. Film rights to United Artists; major ad/promo. Oct.
Library Journal
It's 1952, and Kingdom County, Vermont is an old-fashioned rural community. Thirteen year-old Jim Kinnison is about to learn some painful lessons about small-town life. When the new Presbyterian minister turns out to be a black man, both he and his son encounter some prejudice. Then a young woman who has taken refuge in the parsonage is murdered, and the minister is framed. The details of country life and colorful peripheral characters such as the Dog Cart Man and Cousins Resolved and Welcome enliven a story in the tradition of, but not as powerful as, To Kill a Mockingbird . The man at the center of the novel, Reverend Walt Andrews, seems a stick figure rather than a fully realized character. Mosher does a better job with Nat, the reverend's son. Although it is a little stilted and slow in places, this novel should find a readership.-- Janet Boyarin Blundell, Brookdale Community Coll., Lincroft, N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385312639
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/1990
  • Pages: 421
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2014

    Kingdom Bios!

    The Bios will go here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2014

    Book opens on title page, not cover

    Rip off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    hello

    Mosher at his best

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2008

    Jonathan a lover of great books

    Howard Frank Mosher's A Stranger In the Kingdom is a wonderful story. I just got done spending about 2 weeks reading my braille hard Cover edition that my parents got me for Christmas and it's a must read at least once type of book. It follows in the tradition of Harper Lee's novel To Kill A Mockingbird, but at the same time is totally unlike To Kill a Mockingbird as this novel transpires in the northern state of Vermont unlike To Kill A Mockingbird which is deeply rooted in the south. While the main plot of the novel concerning a murder does not really come in to play untill at least 3 thirds of the way through the novel it is ritch with the history of Vermont and the narator Jim Kineson brings the story to life. This is however I will say not a light read and somewhat heavy. In braille it was 863 pages so in print I'm going to surmise that it's probably between 4 and 500 pages. My only criticism of the novel is that the main plot of the novel does not come in to play so late in to the story that if you don't stick with the novel or lose interest halfway through the novel you may not make it in to the good stuff. I wouldn't recommend this novel to anyone under the age of 18 because it contains some rather graphic language and descriptions, but if you like a challenging read and are ready to spend some late nights up reading I promise you you won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2003

    A novel that should be read by all!

    Set in Kingdom County Vermont in 1952, Mosher tells a story of racism and murder through the eyes of a young boy named Jimmy Kinneson. When the new minister turns out to be a black man, there are many mixed reactions from the townspeople. Things really begin to get out of hand when a young Canadian girl travels to Kingdom County in search of her new employer. When she discovers the whole thing is a sham, she seeks refuge at the parsonage with the minister and his son. People do not like the girl living in the parsonage and is soon after found brutally murdered; the prime suspect being the minister. The only person who can save the minister from his unruly fate is a young, inexperienced lawyer who has never lost a case. The only way the minister will be found innocent is if the true murderer is discovered. The entire novel gives the reader a great view of what small town life really is. Although not much is happening at times, the story climaxes throughout the ministers trial which is nearly a fourth of the book. It is a novel that should be read in classrooms around the country.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2000

    Very Good Story

    The story is told very well by Mosher. It details the growing up of a boy in northern vermont and what happens when a black family enters the town. I loved it.

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