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Five Smooth Stones (Paperback)

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    This gripping bestseller, first published in 1966, has continued to captivate readers with its wide-ranging yet intimate portrait of an America sundered by racial conflict. David Champlin is a black man born into pov......more

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This gripping bestseller, first published in 1966, has continued to captivate readers with its wide-ranging yet intimate portrait of an America sundered by racial conflict. David Champlin is a black man born into poverty in Depression-era New Orleans who makes his way up the ladder of success, only to sacrifice everything to lead his people in the civil rights movement. Sara Kent is the white girl who loves David from the moment she first sees him, and who struggles against his belief that a marriage for them would be wrong in the violent world he has to confront. And the ?five smooth stones” are those the biblical David carried against Goliath. By the time this novel comes to its climax of horror, bloodshed, and hope, readers will be convinced that its enduring popularity is fully justified.

Ann Fairbairn was best known for Five Smooth Stones, but also published two other books: a biography of New Orleans jazz clarinetist George Lewis, whose tours she managed, and a 1970 novel, That Man Cartwright. She lived for many years in New Orleans and died in Monterey, California, in 1972.

Author:
Fairbairn, Ann
Genre:
FICTION / African American / Historical
Audience:
General/trade
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
756
Language:
English
Publisher:
Chicago Review Pr
Publish Date:
04/01/2009
Copyright Year:
2009
ISBN:
9781556528156
Height:
9.0 in
Wdth:
6.0 in
Thickness:
1.5 in
Unit weight:
2.25 lb
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  • 5 Smooth Stones

    I bought this book because I loved it as a college student in the early 70's. Now, I am surprised and dismayed at the amount of language and the tedious, slow moving story. I can only think that the love story enthralled me, and the attempt to help me understand the black culture influenced a young, inexperienced mind. I no longer am certain of the authenticity of the book. A good read if you need sleep.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? No
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