Five Smooth Stones: A Novel

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This gripping bestseller, first published in 1966, has continued to captivate readers with its wide-ranging yet intimate portrait of an America sundered by racial conflict. David Champlin is a black man born into poverty in Depression-era New Orleans who makes his way up the ladder of success, only to sacrifice everything to lead his people in the civil rights movement. Sara Kent is the white girl who loves David from the moment she first sees him, and who struggles against his belief that a marriage for them ...

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Overview

This gripping bestseller, first published in 1966, has continued to captivate readers with its wide-ranging yet intimate portrait of an America sundered by racial conflict. David Champlin is a black man born into poverty in Depression-era New Orleans who makes his way up the ladder of success, only to sacrifice everything to lead his people in the civil rights movement. Sara Kent is the white girl who loves David from the moment she first sees him, and who struggles against his belief that a marriage for them would be wrong in the violent world he has to confront. And the “five smooth stones” are those the biblical David carried against Goliath. By the time this novel comes to its climax of horror, bloodshed, and hope, readers will be convinced that its enduring popularity is fully justified.

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"A courageous novel . . . David is a marvelously well-done character."  —Library Journal

“A long and richly realized novel . . . Ann Fairbairn renders her scenes so skillfully and reveals her hero so fully that [his] qualities are transformed from desirable abstractions to a memorable identity. . . The numerous people characterized so clearly in this novel are ‘mortal humans.’ That is rare enough in any fiction dealing with one of the bone-deep issues of our time.” —The New York Times Book Review

"No matter how large Ann Fairbairn’s audience is, it won’t be large enough . . . Technically Miss Fairbairn is flawless . . . David Champlin is a great tragic hero in a memorable story."  —Denver Post

“Every so often along comes the big book that defies categorization . . . It has real size, stature . . . Above all, it rings true . . . You may put it down, but you can’t forget it. You have to come back. Such is the case with Five Smooth Stones.  —Springfield Daily News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556528156
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Series: Rediscovered Classics Series
  • Pages: 768
  • Sales rank: 264,179
  • Product dimensions: 8.96 (w) x 6.02 (h) x 1.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Fairbairn was best known for Five Smooth Stones, but also published two other books: a biography of New Orleans jazz clarinetist George Lewis, whose tours she managed, and a 1970 novel, That Man Cartwright. She lived for many years in New Orleans and died in Monterey, California, in 1972.

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  • Posted May 17, 2012

    Absolutely Must Read

    I had read this book 20+ (ahem) years ago, and found it powerful then. Now, older and having experienced the world more, I find it even more powerful today. Parts of it will rip your heart and guts out, but it is based on real things that happened every day preceeding and during the Civil Rights movement.

    I cannot reccomend this book too strongly--you simply have to read it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2009

    An excellent book

    The characters steal your heart and the story is sad but real. It begins in the South during the Depression and moves through the Civil Rights movement in the North and South. It makes the struggle between blacks and whites more understandable. A must read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Life-altering

    This beautiful novel shattered my reality and changed my life

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2012

    by far

    one of the best books I have ever read. If I recall, nearly 1000 pages. To answer the readers question, that wanted to know. Have read it three times. Now that it is on nook, I shall read it again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Just as good the second time around!

    I first read this wonderful book over 30 years ago and I am enjoying it as much now as I did then. My eyes were opened to the harsh reality of racial injustice then and I continue to carry its message with me always.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Long but worth it!

    A co-worker recommended this book to me. Wow! A bit long, but a very good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    Beautiful & Poignant

    One of the most beautiful stories written. You will care for the characters Sara and David. It is written during the time of the civil rights movement. When I started reading it, I could not put the book down. The story has everything a reader could want, a story with depth, action, love, and even despair.

    I made my recent purchase to always have a copy for my shelf (someone borrowed my copy from the 70's). This book should be read by young and old alike.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2011

    Absolutely the best! My all time favorite book.

    I read a lot and rarely reread a book, but this one is an exception. I remember being a teenager in the 60's and living through the events at the end of the story. I can also can relate to the history that brings the characters through the generation to those events.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2010

    One of my top five favorite books of all time

    I read this book at the age of 16, in 1968. I remember how captivated, stunned, and horrified I was when I finished reading it. It moved with me for the next 10 years, always being boxed up with care. However, somewhere along the way of my life I lent it out and never got it back. I'm thrilled that it's been re-published 43 years later. I can't wait to read it again!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

    Amazing Characters

    Five Smooth Stones is a book that you will think about for a very long time. It raises so many issues and you will find yourself trying to decide what you would do and how you would handle the different situations. The characters draw you as a reader and are very well developed. It was amazing to me that the author portrayed all the characters so well. The book is very long and there were parts that moved slowly, but overall I would recommend this book to anyone. In my opinion the book is very thought provoking and worth your time as a reader.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2010

    My all-time favorite book

    I have read this book almost every year since it was published. I have given it as gifts, loaned it to people(some of whom never returned it), and probably have purchased for myself alone approx 8 copies.

    I am addicted to this book, so I find myself purchasing another copy since i can' find mine. I wish they would make a movie based on this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    My Favorite

    This is my all-time favorite book. The first time I read it was in 1979. My old copy is in tatters from lending it to so many people. Now I can buy some new copies & give them as gifts.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2010

    Five Smooth Stone - wonderful book!

    A must read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2009

    Ebony and Ivory

    I read this amazing book when I was 18 and I loved every minute of it.
    Now 43 years later I am going to read it again because it has become relevant to my family's story. It is a beautiful love story of both
    the young couple and David's grandparents'. I always remember how they
    held hands as they went to sleep and I know that has affected my loving.
    We'd like to believe that rascism no longer exists but we all need to
    do serious soul-searching.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2009

    One of the most memorable books I have ever read

    I have read Five Smooth Stones three times. I lost my original in the early 1990's and had to find a copy because I knew I would want to read it again. The story is a perfect mix of character and plot development and even though the ending is sad, the book is uplifting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2009

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    My favorite book as a teen

    My grandmother gave me this book when I turned 16 and I could not put it down. It was so moving and relevent to a young black teen in 1972. I have read it over and over and will give it to my niece when she turns 16. Following David's struggles with his own feelings while Sara is so free and open with hers was a real learning experience. Recommend it very highly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2009

    Read years ago and plan to read again.

    I read this book so many years ago I can't remember - probably after it was first published. I have always remembered the title, but not the author. Someone told me that 'The Story of Edgar Sawtelle' was the best book they had ever read. That started me thinking about the best book I have ever read and while I can't narrow it down to one book, 'Five Smooth Stones' is one of the top five. Obviously it affected me very much if I can remember it forty years later. I need to read it again to remember the details, but I do remember that it had a powerful effect on me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    Because this is a book of its time, a reader can see even more c

    Because this is a book of its time, a reader can see even more clearly that love emerges without respect for patriarchal rigidity or man-imposed restrictions. Love prevails. A wonderful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Amazing, once finished wanted to read again. 

    Amazing, once finished wanted to read again. 

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  • Posted January 26, 2013

    I first read this book in 1966, it literally changed my life and

    I first read this book in 1966, it literally changed my life and the way I have lived my life.Bravo Ann Fairbains

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