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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: August 2015 ISBN: 9781461810674
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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 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 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 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 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 3/22/2013

    " This is a powerful read. Dr. Grooms paints a stirring portrait of the Civil Rights era. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 12/15/2012

    " A story beginning in the muddy, bloody fields of Vietnam with flashbacks to the civil rights struggle in Birmingham. Hard to read about, harder still to live through. I was inspired to read it after visiting the Civil Rights Institute here in B'ham. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ABC Group | 11/10/2012

    " A pretty gut wrenching story of young boy and his family during the civil rights movement. A stellar debut novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lance Hansard | 10/14/2012

    " An awesome tale of the civil rights movement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blaise | 10/6/2012

    " This was a really good book...It's set in Birmingham, Alabama during the Civil Rights movement and the protagonist is a young boy about 12 years old. I don't want to give away the story but I would highly recommend it--it was one of those that was hard for me to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Chandler | 6/26/2012

    " I was impressed by the book's handling of the protagonist Walter's family and the backdrop of the civil rights struggle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Bartman | 5/6/2012

    " This book was very good. It described what life was like during the civil rights era. Not only was it descriptive, it was highly entertaining. Bombingham included all aspects I a great novel. "

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About the Narrator

Dion Graham, from HBO’s The Wire, also narrates The First 48 on A&E. Winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. His performances have been praised as thoughtful and compelling, vivid and full of life.