Because it is bitter, and because it is my heart
Iris Courtney, a young white woman living in upstate New York in the decade prior to the Civil rights movement, begins a clandestine relationship with Jinx Fairchild, a black man who had defended her in a fatal street fight with a white man
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So John Ritchie is coming home on East Avenue about 6 p.m. this late- summer
day and a Hammond City police car pulls over ... And it's John Elmore Ritchie's
bad luck he resembles this Negro, or anyway it seems so: the size of him, and the
So John Ritchie's too scared to answer, or too frozen . . . frozen-faced. Like
already ... Now John Elmore Ritchie is bleeding from the nose and mouth and
some neighborhood people have stopped to watch . . . from across the street.
This is the ...
And they have John Ritchie on the ground in the dirt and the man is fighting, he's
fighting like some crazy old bull, so they wallop him over the head and kick ... And
that's how John Elmore Ritchie dies and gets buried in Peach Tree Cemetery.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mausergem - LibraryThing
The novel is set in the late 1950's and early 60's in Hammond and Seracuse, New York. Gracie Curtney is a white girl coming from a dysfunctional household with a gambler father and an alcoholic mother ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ImperfectCJ - LibraryThing
I almost gave this book 5 stars. After taking a while to warm up to the story and almost putting it aside a few times, I found that after about 150 pages, I couldn't put it down. During those first ... Read full review