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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, Jun 14, 2002 - Fiction - 304 pages
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In Quakertown, award-winning author Lee Martin travels back to 1920s Texas to tell the story of a flourishing black community that was segregated from its white neighbors -- and of the remarkable gardener, Little Washington Jones, who was asked to make a heartbreaking choice.

Based on a true story, Quakertown draws on the rich texture of the South -- of the Pecan Creek running along the edges of the town, the spectacular and rare white lilac, and the rising racial tensions that bubble under the surface and threaten to tear neighbors apart. With rare skill and compassion, Lee Martin carves out the delicate story of two families -- one white and one black -- and the child whose birth brings a gift of forgiveness.

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I judged a book by its cover and it let me down. This story was draaaaaamaaaaaa. Too much happened and it happened so fast there wasn't time to process much or feel for the characters which weren't ... Read full review

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A lot of sorrow in this book - it's hard to even imagine a world where two people who love each other couldn't be together because of color. I know that this is probably still reality in some ... Read full review


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Lee Martin is the award-winning author of the acclaimed memoir From Our Houseand the short story collection The Least You Need to Know. He is the recipient of a NEA fellowship, among other awards. He completed this novel while teaching at the University of North Texas and is now associate professor of English in the graduate creative writing program at The Ohio State University.

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