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Publisher Description

“A haunting, engrossing portrait of two families – one white, one black – whose lives are woven together and then shattered” (The Washington Post) by the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

Oil-boom opulence, fear, hate, and lynchings are the backdrop for this riveting novel, originally published in 2001. Althea Whiteside, an oil-wildcatter’s high-strung white wife, and her enigmatic black maid, Graceful, share a complex connection during the tense days of the Oklahoma oil rush.  Their juxtaposing stories – and those of others close to them – unfold as tensions mount to a violent climax in the Tulsa Race Massacre  of 1921, during which whites burned the city’s prosperous black neighborhood to the ground. The massacre becomes the crucible that melds and tests each of the character in this masterful exploration of the American race story and the ties that bind us irrevocably to one another.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2001
January 15
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
384
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
2.3
MB

Customer Reviews

Wwmts ,

Fire in Beulah

This book is extraordinary: well-developed characters who are flawed, fully human people many of whom have suffered beyond comprehension, intertwined story lines that reel in the reader, and an amazing history of Oklahoma and the oil industry. But the digitizing was despicable! So many transcribing errors that the story suffers.

CLBFR ,

Brilliant

An amazing and touching story about a piece of lost history. It is truly captivating.

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