The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia

The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia

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The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia by Mary Helen Stefaniak, Robynn Rodriguez

A hidden history of the South emerges when a worldly teacher leads Threestep, GA, to reinvent itself, setting in motion events that lead to triumph and tragedy for the black teenager who happens to be the smartest person in Piedmont County, Georgia, in 1938–39.As an epigraph from The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois reminds us at the start of this novel, "Throughout history, the powers of single black men flash here and there like falling stars, and die sometimes before the world has rightly gauged their brightness."Protagonist Theo Boykin is a genius, an artist, an inventor, a Leonardo DaVinci–type, whose talents are sought after by local blacks and whites alike, but even this is not enough to save him. He falls victim to "the tragedy of ignorance and the damage caused by fear," in the words of poet Rita Dove—the first African American to serve as U.S. Poet Laureate and a member of the jury that conferred on The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia the 2011 Anisfield-Wolf Award for books that "make a significant contribution to our understanding of racism and our appreciation for the diversity of human cultures."You won't forget Theo Boykin, nor will you forget his friends the Cailiffs, especially Gladys, who tells this story with love and bewilderment, and the teacher, Miss Spivey, who changes all their lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441772190
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 10/28/2010
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 10
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Mary Helen Stefaniak is the prize-winning author of The Turk and My Mother, Self Storage and Other Stories, and The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia. She lives in Omaha and Iowa City.

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In my opinion, this is Stefaniak's most captivating work to date. At least, it is the most captivating one that I know of. Beautifully voiced and described, it is rich in imagination, compassion, and insight. I was delighted from the first sentence and didn't want to stop when the book ended. This is a book people will remember.