Fire in Beulah
By (author) Rilla Askew
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Fire in Beulah by Rilla Askew
Book DescriptionSet during the tense days of the Oklahoma oil rush, Rilla Askew 's Fire in Beulah is a mesmerizing story that centers on the complex relationship between Althea Whiteside, an oil wildcatter's high-strung wife, and Graceful, her enigmatic black maid. Their juxtaposing storiesand those of others close to themunfold against a volatile backdrop of oil-boom opulence, fear, hatred, lynchings that climax in the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, when whites burned the city's properous black community. Askew's award-winning first novel, The Mercy Seat , was praised for its astute diepiction of family bonds and the beauty of American landscape. Now she explores the American race story with the same perception."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780142000243
Paperback / softback
(214mm x 141mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Penguin Books
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publish Date: 31-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Rilla Askew
Kind of Kin, Paperback (May 2014)
A compelling, funny and poignant novel about what happens when a family - and an entire community - are forced to confront the difference between right and wrong.
Mercy Seat, Paperback (May 1998)» View all books by Rilla Askew
This text tells the tale of Mattie as she grows from childhood, torn from her home as her family set off across America to Indian territory. Her mother dies on the journey leaving Mattie to raise the other children with no-one to show her how to be a woman.
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Author Biography - Rilla Askew
Rilla Askew is the author of Strange Business, a collection of stories, and of the novel The Mercy Seat, nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association Award and winner of the Western Heritage Award and the Oklahoma Book Award. She divides her time between the San Bois Mountains of southeastern Oklahoma and upstate New York.
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