Like Trees, Walking: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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Based on the true story of a modern-day lynching in America, Ravi Howard's widely acclaimed debut novel exposes one of the most tragic chapters in the history of the American South.

On the morning of March 21, 1981, in Mobile, Alabama, nineteen-year-old Michael Donald was found dead, his body badly beaten and hanging from a tree on Herndon Avenue. Brothers Paul and Roy Deacon of the Deacon Memorial Funeral Home are called upon to bury their close friend and classmate, and the ...

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Overview

Based on the true story of a modern-day lynching in America, Ravi Howard's widely acclaimed debut novel exposes one of the most tragic chapters in the history of the American South.

On the morning of March 21, 1981, in Mobile, Alabama, nineteen-year-old Michael Donald was found dead, his body badly beaten and hanging from a tree on Herndon Avenue. Brothers Paul and Roy Deacon of the Deacon Memorial Funeral Home are called upon to bury their close friend and classmate, and the experience will leave them forever changed. Along with other residents of their hometown, the Deacon brothers must struggle to understand the circumstances surrounding Donald's murder—the city's first lynching in more than sixty years and a gruesome reminder of racial inequalities in the New South.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062278326
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 62,461
  • File size: 576 KB

Meet the Author

Ravi Howard received the 2001 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Award for College Writers for his short story "Like Trees, Walking." After graduating from Howard University, he received his MFA from the University of Virginia. His writing also appeared in The Massachusetts Review and Callaloo. A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Howard now lives in Mobile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2007

    Recommended

    Of all the titles placed along the 'new fiction' shelf, this was the most intriguing and foremost reason I read the book. Often I do not stray from literature and perhaps that is reason for my opinion. The writing is good though there are the expected awkward passages of a first novel. Sometimes I felt certain scenes were unnecessary and the detail I desired was rushed in at the last 10 or so pages. The novel begins with a focus on the prime event, and then shifts to Roy's life which is not very exciting or necessarily emotional/psychological/interesting. In fact the shift left me feeling indifferent towards the novel and disinterested in Roy until the very end. I think some of the ends were tied too tightly for the novels finish. The opening and closing sections were by far the best. Overall, a satisfying read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Jazmine

    Be on at or around 7:30 central

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    Trent

    Gtg.

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  • Posted March 15, 2010

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    An education

    It's seems impossible a lynching could have occured in my lifetime, in 1981, but it did. Ravi Howard's novel reminds us of our country's dark history, which occured a lot more recently than any of us like to believe. Told from the point of view of a boy entering manhood and working at his father's funeral home, Howard deftly handles the many ties that both strangle and set a person free in a small Alabama town haunted by racial tension.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2007

    A reviewer

    This story tells the rites of passage for two brothers Paul and Roy Deacon. The Deacon family owns the Deacon Memorial Funeral Home. And it is a given that Paul and Roy will go into the family business. But all does not go according to plan. When their childhood friend Michael Donald is found hanging from a tree after being lynched, the lives of both Paul and Roy takes a drastic chagne. You see how they both deal with death, faith, and justice. I enjoyed reading this book. Even though it is fiction, the story is real. I love looking back at history, to see the struggles of our ancestors, and to see if any progress has been made to change all of the injustices that we are still facing. I would highly recommend this book for all to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2007

    EXCELLENT BOOK

    Like Trees, Walking is one of the best novels I've read this year. The story line of the book deals with so much going on today when you look at the Jena 6 issue, etc. What I like most about the book was the love the two brothers had for each other. I can't wait for the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2007

    Breathtaking

    I remembered these particular news events. The vivid descriptions and writing refreshed that memory. It was just like being there during that time period. Even though it is a fictional account this young man has captured that moment for us all.

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