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3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  14 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Mike Olive returns to his hometown with a group of fellow Duke students to investigate the overall decline of tobacco farming as well as the use, and abuse, of Mexican migrant workers. Determined to rid his town of corruption and bigotry, Mike makes the migrant workers his crusade, much to the consternation of his father and his neighbors. Conflicts mount as he accuses ...more
Hardcover, 284 pages
Published September 30th 2000 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published August 2000)
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Leah Beecher
May 30, 2014 Leah Beecher rated it really liked it
This was my beach read this year.
A very memorable story, set in current times in the deep south of North Carolina on a tobacco farm. A nineteen year old college kid who wants to be a force for social justice, starting in his own tight-knit home town. Things don't go well for Mike. It follows the lives of a Mexican family who have made their way to America as migrant workers. It examines both families. The good and bad. Centering on the beguiling Hermalinda. Then there is the strained rival rela
Frederick Bingham
Jan 01, 2012 Frederick Bingham rated it liked it
This the story of two main characters. Michael Olive is a young man grown up in a North Carolina farming community. His father inherited a good piece of land from an eccentric local man. So his father is fairly wealthy and Michael is going to Duke University. Hermalinda is a Mexican girl. The story follows her and her family from her native village, to two border towns and finally to the same farming area as Olive. Her family are migrant workers on the Olive farm.Michael comes home for the ...more
Aug 18, 2008 Dina rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jane Wilson
Overall good story about the plight of Mexican immigrants in southern America and one university student's attempt to improve their lifestyles. Eric Martin shows the prejudice just like it must really be in such a situation. I empathized with Hermelinda and Mike, and enjoyed the way the author made Harvey seem real by having him struggle with his conscience. It's a classic story of the loss of a friendship between two individuals due to the different classes they eventually belong to.

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