The Ravine: A Novel

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Sunstone Press, Sep 15, 2012 - Fiction - 260 pages
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In 1958, thirteen year-old Harry Polk is looking forward to an idyllic summer spent visiting his Aunt Cordelia and Uncle Horace in Tuckalofa, Mississippi. Harry soon learns that beneath its placid surface, the town is not what it seems. Before the summer is over he will encounter the violence and injustice of segregated society, intolerance of religious and social class differences, and closely guarded family secrets. When a popular young black man is brutally murdered by the county sheriff, Harry, Cordelia, and Horace will be caught up in a series of events culminating in an act of revenge that leaves Harry emotionally scarred. Years later, when Harry is summoned to Tuckalofa to arrange the funeral of his formidable Aunt Cordelia, he is forced to confront the past that has lain dormant for years—a past in which he found himself embroiled in the vicious crime that had tragic consequences for the entire town. A compelling story inspired by real events, “The Ravine” evokes a South during the early years of the Civil Rights movement where a complex mixture of love and hate, ignorance and enlightenment, and guilt and innocence coexist. It promises to keep the reader on edge until its dramatic and unexpected conclusion. JAMES WILLIAMSON, a professor of architecture at the University of Memphis, was raised in the South in the days of segregation. His first novel, “The Architect,” was praised as “a thoughtful, moving novel about the realities of building, particularly when style collides with money, politics, and the demands of the less than enlightened...a lively treatise on architecture itself.”
 

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
11
Section 3
23
Section 4
33
Section 5
41
Section 6
48
Section 7
51
Section 8
54
Section 24
149
Section 25
153
Section 26
157
Section 27
159
Section 28
167
Section 29
175
Section 30
178
Section 31
180

Section 9
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Section 10
65
Section 11
73
Section 12
82
Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
129
Section 21
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Section 22
137
Section 23
139
Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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Section 41
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Section 42
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Section 43
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Section 44
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Section 45
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James Williamson is an illustrator, designer, and artist. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn, New York.

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