Leaving Tuscaloosa

Leaving Tuscaloosa

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by Walter Bennett
     
 

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It is the deep South, 1962, the year before Bull Connor turned his fire hoses on civil rights protesters in Birmingham and the Klan bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church. Two young men, one black and one white, are poised to face their destinies as the world erupts beneath their feet. For Richeboux Branscomb, the journey begins one sultry Alabama night in a

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It is the deep South, 1962, the year before Bull Connor turned his fire hoses on civil rights protesters in Birmingham and the Klan bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church. Two young men, one black and one white, are poised to face their destinies as the world erupts beneath their feet. For Richeboux Branscomb, the journey begins one sultry Alabama night in a rattle-trap Ford on a dusty road: a raw egg is hurled at a revered leader of the black community. For Acee Waites, it begins with a missing brother and a ruthless sheriff's search for him and eventually Acee, himself. Propelled along separate tracks through 36 hours of racial turmoil, these estranged boyhood friends encounter tenderness and cruelty, erotic passion, and murderous rage. Then amid the spreading fires of racial violence, their paths converge in a moving, riveting climax.

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Craig Nova
“Leaving Tuscaloosa is all story. From the moment some teenage white boys are involved in a prank that kills a respected member of the black community, the book is unstoppable. Compelling, important, and haunting.”
Lee Smith
“I've been there. I worked on the Tuscaloosa News in the early 70s, and I can tell you flat-out that Walter Bennett has a real gift for capturing time and place, and an absolute genius for creating his larger-than-life yet totally believable characters. Leaving Tuscaloosa is deeply moving, disturbing, haunting, and important.”
The Light in the Piazza, The Southern Woman... - Elizabeth Spencer
“In Leaving Tuscaloosa Walter Bennett skillfully reawakens those days when segregation/integration seemed the core problem of the world. Rich character development and strong scenes of action make this novel an absorbing experience for the reader, whether Southern or not.”
Booklist - Stephanie Turza
You wouldn’t expect Richeboux Branscomb, a white teenager, and Acee Waites, a black cook, to cross paths very often in 1962 Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Richeboux and his fellow high-school friends occasionally crowd the Red Elephant Grill, wolfing down cheeseburgers with no regard for the man behind the grill. After eating at the Grill one summer night, Richeboux and his friends pile into a ’55 Ford and decide to take a joyride through Cherrytown, Tuscaloosa’s still-segregated blac

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ISBN-13:
9780984990832
Publisher:
Fuze Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
09/28/2012
Pages:
313
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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