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Publisher Description

Here is one of those rare and remarkable debuts that herald the appearance of a major new talent on the literary scene. Inspired by real events, Lay That Trumpet In Our Hands is a wise and luminous story about a northern family, a southern town, and the senseless murder that sparks an extraordinary act of courage.

To this day, my family is in disagreement as to precisely when the nightmare began. For me, it was the morning Daddy and Luther discovered Marvin, beaten, shot, and dying, in the Klan’s stomping grounds off Round Lake Road. My brother Ren disagrees. He points to the small cluster of scars that begin just outside his left eye and trail horizontally across his temple to the top of his ear. Ren claims it started when the men in white robes took the unprecedented step of shooting at two white children. Others say it was when Mr. Thurgood Marshall of the NAACP and Mr. Hoover’s FBI came to town. Mother and Daddy shake their heads. In their minds, the real beginning was much earlier....

Fiction & Literature
January 29
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Kaylamsow1210 ,

Took me by surprise!!!

This book was a summer reading assignment from school I was so unexcited to have to sit down and read this book. I can tell you that I read from about chapter 8 to the end of the book in less than two days!!! It was amazing! The way you can see all the characters grow is amazing and the fact that it wasn't just good thing after good thing really made it realistic! I am so glad I got to read this enthralling educational book!!

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