Five Smooth Stones

Five Smooth Stones

Book - 2009
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This gripping bestseller, first published in 1966, has continued to captivate readers with its wide-ranging yet intimate portrait of an America sundered by racial conflict. David Champlin is a black man born into poverty in Depression-era New Orleans who makes his way up the ladder of success, only to sacrifice everything to lead his people in the civil rights movement. Sara Kent is the white girl who loves David from the moment she first sees him, and who struggles against his belief that a marriage for them would be wrong in the violent world he has to confront. And the "five smooth stones" are those the biblical David carried against Goliath. By the time this novel comes to its climax of horror, bloodshed, and hope, readers will be convinced that its enduring popularity is fully justified.
Publisher: Chicago : Chicago Review Press, 2009.
ISBN: 9781556528156
Branch Call Number: FIC Fairb
Characteristics: 756 pages ; 23 cm


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ArapahoeJody Apr 21, 2018

Actually one of the most memorable books I have read. Now it is old enough to be considered a classic. Timeless topic and relevant today.

Jul 25, 2015

I'm delighted to see this one back in print--read it when it was new, found it powerful. It's not great literature, but it's a fine story.

Reader1girl Dec 29, 2013

sounds like a good book I hope they have it in a paper book copy

Sep 28, 2010

Really interesting book, but prepared to be utterly depressed at the end of it.

May 22, 2010

While the writing is not stellar and the characters lack dimension and depth, the historical and cultural context resonates and makes this book worth reading.

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