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The Shooting of Rabbit Wells: A White Cop, a Young Man of Color, and an American Tragedy
     

The Shooting of Rabbit Wells: A White Cop, a Young Man of Color, and an American Tragedy

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by William Loizeaux
 

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What put a white cop and a black youth on a tragic collision course? On a frigid winter’s night in 1973, William “Rabbit” Wells, a young man of mixed race, was shot and killed by a white policeman named William Sorgie outside a bar. The shooting stunned the placid, prosperous communities of New York. For twenty-five years author William Loizeaux, who

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What put a white cop and a black youth on a tragic collision course? On a frigid winter’s night in 1973, William “Rabbit” Wells, a young man of mixed race, was shot and killed by a white policeman named William Sorgie outside a bar. The shooting stunned the placid, prosperous communities of New York. For twenty-five years author William Loizeaux, who went to high school with Rabbit, hasn't been able to let go of a story that struck at the core of the place that he, along with Rabbit and Sorgie, called home. With clear-eyed compassion and unsparing honesty, The Shooting of Rabbit Wells recreates the lives of both victim and killer and the forces that brought them together. By giving us the life of Rabbit Wells, Loizeaux makes us understand—and feel—how unacceptable and irreparable his loss was, and how deeply the bullet that killed him is lodged in the American identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781628724912
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
999
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

William Loizeaux is the author of another memoir, The Shooting of Rabbit Wells, short stories, essays, and two novels for young readers, Clarence Cochran, A Human Boy, and Wings, which received an ASPCA Henry Berg Children’s Book Award and was the 2006 Golden Kite Honor Book for Fiction. He has a second daughter, Emma, and lives with his wife, Beth, in Boston, where he is Writer in Residence at Boston University.

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The Shooting of Rabbit Wells 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written, but such a sad tragedy of being at the wrong place at the wrong time.
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This very personal recollection of an event that shaped many lives, was a great book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The black jokes it made were hilarious!
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