A Different Drummer
"Brilliant....The rare first novel that makes future ones seem both inevitable and exciting."
--Kathryn Shulz, The New Yorker
June, 1957. One hot afternoon in the backwaters of the Deep South, a young black farmer named Tucker Caliban salts his fields, shoots his horse, burns his house, and heads north with his wife and child. His departure sets off an exodus of the state's entire black population, throwing the established order into brilliant disarray. Told from the points of view of the white residents who remained, A Different Drummer stands, decades after its first publication in 1962, as an extraordinary and prescient triumph of satire and spirit.
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I’d not heard of the author, let alone this novel, until a friend said he was going to treat it as his Black History Month read. My local library (in North London) which is affiliated to fifteen other ... Read full review
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