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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (148 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anthony Grooms Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In his barracks, Walter Burke is trying to write a letter to the parents of a fallen soldier, an Alabama man who died in a muddy rice paddy. But all he can think of is his childhood friend Lamar, the friend with whom he first experienced the fury of violence, on the streets of Birmingham, at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. The juxtaposition is so powerful—between war-torn Vietnam and terror-filled “Bombingham”—that he is drawn back to the summer that would see his transition from childish wonder at the world to his certain knowledge of his place in it.

Walter and Lamar were always aware of the terms of segregation—the horrendous rules and stifling reality. Their paper route never took them to the white areas of town. But that year, everything exploded. And so did Walter’s family. As the great movement swelled around them, the Burkes faced tremendous obstacles of their own. From a tortured past lingered questions of faith, and a terrible family crisis found its climax as the city did the same. In the streets of Birmingham, ordinary citizens risked their lives to change America. And for Walter, the war was just beginning.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] riveting first novel…Grooms confronts…suffering head-on, showing that hope and dignity sometimes can be reclaimed in the process…powerful.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joette | 10/30/2013

    " Very good historical fiction, interesting points of view "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amy | 7/24/2013

    " This was my common book for my freshman year of college. And I really enjoyed the writing style of this particular author. He can really take you to Birmingham. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joe Samuel Starnes | 6/9/2013

    " This is a truly marvelous novel -- both quiet and beautiful -- set amidst the violence of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. More people should know about this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lovisa | 3/27/2013

    " At first I didn't like this book because it had a lot of very disgusting descriptions of scenes from a war. Later, the book was about the narrator when he was 11 years old and it was very interesting. I had to read this for school but I'm glad I did it. I really think more people should read it! "

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