Leaving / Edition 1

Leaving / Edition 1

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by Richard Dry
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312302878

ISBN-13: 9780312302870

Pub. Date: 04/09/2003

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Winner of the Joseph Henry Jackson Award
Pushcart Editors' Prize Nominee

In 1959, newly-widowed and pregnant Ruby Washington and her thirteen-year-old half brother, Easton, board a bus in rural South Carolina, destined for Oakland, California. There, far from the violent events that forced her to flee her home, Ruby hopes to make a new life for

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Winner of the Joseph Henry Jackson Award
Pushcart Editors' Prize Nominee

In 1959, newly-widowed and pregnant Ruby Washington and her thirteen-year-old half brother, Easton, board a bus in rural South Carolina, destined for Oakland, California. There, far from the violent events that forced her to flee her home, Ruby hopes to make a new life for her family.

Ruby gives birth to a daughter, Lida, and strives to raise the girl and Easton. But as their Oakland neighborhood changes during the turbulent 1960s, the three are driven apart by forces that Ruby cannot control. Easton becomes involved with civil rights activism and the Black Panthers; Lida, keeping a hurtful family secret to herself, spirals into a cycle of dependency and denial. Finally, Lida's sons Love LeRoy and Li'l Pit must fend for themselves in the inhospitable streets of America, leaving one city for another, searching for a home.

Centered around three generations of a family and set against the larger dispossession of African Americans, Leaving is a blend of history and intimately-observed everyday life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312302870
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
04/09/2003
Edition description:
First St. Martin's Griffin Edition
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.04(d)

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Leaving 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing and truthful
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is definitely worth reading it gives you the raw, nitty gritty of the underbelly of American Black Society. It is not pretentious, it does not gloss over any facts-it's real, it's raw, and it will definitely leave room for ample emotion. I recommend it-it's a good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I gravitated towards this book, initially because of the many good things I had heard about it. This book sucked me in immediately and size did not matter, until the end when I wanted it to continue. Richard Dry captures the 'black experience' in America better than anyone ever has in the past. It is not a preachy, blame the white man, novel, but a FACTUAL, ACTUAL account of the travesties and inhumane conditions blacks have and continue to endure in the 'land of the free'. At times I was angered and saddened over particular events that I had never heard of. But as an AA woman I gathered the strength I inherited from my people to face the truth. Something has sparked in me after completing this book,a new spirit maybe? A new awakening? 'Leaving' should become REQUIRED reading for all students in high school. EXCELLENT WORK MR. RICHARD DRY ! Anyone who reads this book, owes it to the public to spread the word. PICK THIS ONE UP! It is a classic!