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Rattlebone

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Rattlebone

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Maxine Clair
genre:
Fiction

We gave it an A

Maxine Clair’s fiction debut Rattlebone leaps and hums like fine gospel harmony, heralding the arrival of a distinctive new literary voice. These interrelated short stories are set in fictional Rattlebone, Kan., a vibrant, close-knit African-American community, just as the 1950s Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation case is being played out across the river in Topeka. The best pieces are narrated by young Irene Wilson, growing up confident but naive in a town devoid of whites, falling in love with the boy who sells eggs, and witnessing the dissolution of her parents’ marriage. Other voices join Irene’s to depict a community and its way of life so vividly that finishing this book is sure to leave you homesick. A

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