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Set 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 Details

ISBN: 9780142000243
ISBN-10: 0142000248
Format: Paperback / softback
(214mm x 141mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Penguin Books
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publish Date: 31-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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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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