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Seven Laurels

Seven Laurels

by Linda Busby Parker
     
 

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The Civil Rights Movement in the South represents one of American history's most important, bloody, and terrifying periods. Seven Laurels takes place during that time, encompassing the years between 1954 and 1994. The novel traces the life of African-American Brewster McAtee, a hardworking and innovative carpenter, as he struggles for his dreams to own land and build

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The Civil Rights Movement in the South represents one of American history's most important, bloody, and terrifying periods. Seven Laurels takes place during that time, encompassing the years between 1954 and 1994. The novel traces the life of African-American Brewster McAtee, a hardworking and innovative carpenter, as he struggles for his dreams to own land and build a home and respectability in rural Alabama. When the Civil Rights Movement explodes he is drawn into the core of the conflict, where he and his family face the ultimate loss from which the may never recover.

Seven Laurels is the winner of the James Jones First Novel Award, and the Langum Prize for Historical Fiction. It was also selected by Booklist as a top choice for adults and young adults.

Linda Busby Parker has been a university professor, a magazine publisher, and a freelance writer. She lives and works in Mobile, Alabama.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
"The truth of Brewster's viewpoint, the daily details of work and family, gives this docu-novel its searing power."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780972430487
Publisher:
Southeast Missouri State University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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Wesley Brown
"Linda Busby Parker... has written a complex and deceptively straight forward story of a black man, Brewster McAtee, whose shifting personal fortunes, as a gifted Alabama carpenter, parallel the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's that initiated the dismantling of legal segregation in America, as well as forcing all Americans to rethink their assumptions about race... Linda Busby Parker has given us a story truly worthy of laurels of its own."
author of Tragic Magic and Darktown Strutters
Melinda Haynes
"Filled with quiet astonsihment, Seven Laurels travels unerringly through the heart. Beautifully rendered, this marvelous first novel clearly defines Linda Busby Parker as a brave new voice of the South."
author of Mother of Pearl, Willem's Field, and Chalktown
Pam Kingsbury
"Dubbed both 'docu-novel' and historical novel, Parker has created a memorable novel of time and place. More importantly, in Brewster McAtee, she's created a character who embodies the American Dream. Against tremendous odds and immense sorrows, he perseveres, choosing love over hate."
Southern Scribe Reviews
J. Michael Lennon
"Parker's prose is lucid and lyrical and her story, one of the most moving we have seen in the ten years of the Jones Fellowship."

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