Eden Rise

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NewSouth Books, Oct 1, 2012 - Fiction
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In Eden Rise Tom McKee, a white college freshman, returns to his home in the Alabama Black Belt in the summer of 1965 and becomes embroiled in a civil-rights conflict that divides his family, his town, and his own identity. His wealthy and powerful family is not prepared for the shocks that have followed the racial quake of the Selma March a few months earlier. Tom's black college friend accompanies him home and gets caught in racial violence. Coming to his friend's defense, Tom earns the enmity of segregationist neighbors. He feels both the hot anger of his father for his racial nonconformity and the determined defense of his mother and grandmother, as he witnesses the corrosive effects of the turmoil on his parents' marriage. Attempting to rescue him are a cousin he never knew and a wily old lawyer who meet dangers and legal challenges that force Tom to confront the truth of his legacy.
 

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Contents

The sound ofdoom
11
smells ofdeath
21
shots in the Night
32
Baby Gone Home
39
Judge McKee
48
Joe Black Pell for the defense
54
Barbershop Cuts
66
sacred Fire
73
interlude ii 1993
191
dixie
194
Negro History
202
damn Champion
210
surprise Witness
214
Latin and Celtic
226
God Knows
232
New Politics
240

Gooch
85
Not Long
165
Nuclear standoff
171
dust on My Feet
178
Changed Men
183
The WhiteHaired Girl
247
Leaving
259
The sparrow
267
Postlude spring 1994
275
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Robert J. Norrell is a native of Hazel Green, Alabama. He holds the Bernadotte Schmitt Chair of Excellence at the University of Tennessee. After earning a B.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Virginia, Norrell taught at Birmingham-Southern College and the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. His 2009 biography, Up from History: the Life of Booker T. Washington, was received with national acclaim. In 2005 he published a well-reviewed interpretation of U.S. race relations, The House I Live In: Race in the American Century. His Reaping the Whirlwind: The Civil Rights Movement in Tuskegee won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in 1986. He is the author of seven additional books and twenty scholarly articles. Eden Rise is his first work of fiction.

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