French Albert : Untitled Novel
By (author) Albert French
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French Albert : Untitled Novel by Albert French
Book DescriptionAlbert French lights up the monstrous face of American racism in this harrowing tale of ten-year-old Billy Lee Turner, who is convicted of and executed for murdering a white girl in Banes County, Mississippi in 1937. Billy is about the deaths of two children, one girl, one boy, the girl's death an accident, the boy's a murder perpetrated by the state. Though the events Billy records occur during the 1930s in a small Mississippi town, the range of characters, emotions, and social forces, and the inexorable march to doom of a ten-year-old boy and the society that dooms him, catapult the story far beyond a specific time and location. Narrated by an anonymous observer in the rich accents of the region, constructed in a series of powerfully lean vignettes, Billy imparts an intensity that is nearly unbearable. It is a tour de force of dramatic compression. Albert French evokes with cinematic vividness the picking fields and town streets; the heat, the dust, the unrelenting sun, the poverty of 1930s Mississippi. High-spirited Billy; his mysterious and passionate mother, Cinder; his friend, Gumpy; and other characters black and white are realized with depth and authority. Told in classic, unrelieved terms yet with remarkable compassion and restraint, their story is an unsentimental and ultimately heart-rending vision of racial injustice. Billy is, quite simply, one of the most powerfully affecting novels to come along in years.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140179088
Paperback / softback
(197mm x 128mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 23-Feb-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Albert French
Cinder, Paperback (February 2008)
Set in the small Mississippi town of Banes in 1938 - when the town was torn apart by tragedy and haunted by the tale of Billy-Lee Turner, and a ten-year-old boy executed for the murder of a white girl - this book presents a sequel to "Billy" that focuses on his mother, Cinder, a woman whose beauty has always set her apart.
I Can't Wait on God, Paperback (February 2000)
Jeremiah Henderson and his woman, Willet Mercer, set their sights on New York City - but making good is easier said than done. Left with no choice but to give in to the pimp who'd like to try Willet on for size before selling her to his clientele, Jeremiah and Willet try to focus on the future.
Holly, Paperback (July 1995)
Tells the story of a poor, white girl in 1944 North Carolina, whose lonely world is transformed by a handsome, educated black soldier from the war - and of the town's savage response to their romance.
Billy, Paperback (January 1994)» View all books by Albert French
The events recorded in this novel occur during the 1930s in a small Mississippi town, but the range of characters, emotions and social forces, and the inexorable march to doom of a ten-year-old black boy and the society that dooms him, catapult the story beyond a specific time and location.
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