In a Temple of Treesby Suzanne Hudson
Cecil Durgin, a twelve-year-old African-American orphan, witnesses the perverse buildup to a brutal murder at an exclusive hunting camp in 1958. Decades later, the shame and guilt are still haunting him when fissures start forming in the lives of several characters unwittingly connected by a young woman’s body buried deep in the West Alabama woods. Thirty years of pressure and bitterness ignite an unstoppable chain reaction leading back to the night of the murder — and the truth. 'In a Temple of Trees' is the story of secrets and their devastating aftermath on the powerful and the meek, husbands and wives, the living and the dead.
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About the Author: As a graduate student, Suzanne Hudson won a Hackney Literary Award and a National Endowment for Arts and Humanities prize, and then withdrew from the publishing world for twenty-five years until the publication of a short story collection, 'Opposable Thumbs', in 2001. She is a contributor to 'Stories from the Blue Moon Café'. A Georgia native, Suzanne currently lives in Baldwin County, Alabama. 'In a Temple of Trees' is her first novel.
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This work is supermarket Faulkner: about as tedious as Absalom, Absalom, though containing much shorter sentences, and far less gripping than Intruder In The Dust. What used to be called miscegenation, Klansmen and their prejudices and foul language, brutality toward women, infidelity, and racial stereotypes are all in the brew, which is seasoned with a lushness of metaphor taken mainly from the kitchen -- e.g., from the first page of text, 'The atmosphere back at the big house had been battered and coated with a thick crust of anticipation....' Such turgidity suggests that the author's bruited twenty-five year absence from literary endeavors was mainly devoted to culinary efforts.
I am always intrigued by races writing about each other. At first, apprehensive, then, intrigued, thirdly, enthralled. This white girl can write. Race was not an obstacle for her to hurdle.
The author's superior skill to develop characters that jump off the page and ability to expose bigotry and intolerant mind-set of 'the good old boys'gang in a small southern town. Is considerably more than just another novel about the raciest south.This riveting tale and brazen style yields a standout in the crowded field of southern literature.