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Original and deeply moving, Leaving tells the epic story of the African-American experience in this country through the lives of three generations in one black family struggling to make a better life for themselves and to overcome racial injustice. Opening in 1959, as 21-year-old Ruby Washington and her half brother, 13-year-old Easton, leave South Carolina on a bus to California, Dry's novel follows the family for more than 30 years. Readers watch, horrified, as poverty, gang warfare, violence, and drugs become a part of their lives, but the existence of these destructive influences is undeniably intertwined with love, hope, and perseverance. The stories of Ruby and her clan alternate with those of an anonymous narrator, who shares passages from black history books that vividly illustrate the difficult past that enshrouds both this and every African-American family.
Leaving is organized into short chapters that function as snapshots of events in the lives of the vibrant and memorable characters, and Dry's prose is creatively woven in a way that intensifies the reader's feelings for them. Nominated for the Pushcart Editor's Prize, Leaving is, ultimately, about just that -- leave-taking, and how it effects the lives of many generations in one's family. Some leavings are welcome, some heartbreaking, but "leaving" is the only means some have to survive and prevail. (Spring 2002 Selection)