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Leaving Tuscaloosa

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  60 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
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It is the deep South, 1962, the year before Bull Connor turned his fire hoses on civil rights protesters in Birmingham and the Klan bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church. Two young men, one black and one white, are poised to face their destinies as the world erupts beneath their feet.

For Richeboux Branscomb, the journey begins one sultry Alabama night in a rattle-tra
Paperback, 313 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Fuze (first published September 27th 2012)
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Marjorie Hudson
Feb 10, 2013 Marjorie Hudson rated it it was amazing
A 'Must Read" 50 Years after the Civil Rights Movement Started in the South
Walter Bennett's "Leaving Tuscaloosa" brings a new voice to the Southern literary field, one that resonates with the deeply human stories of white segregationists, black Civil Rights advocates, and ordinary small town people in the deep South in the sixties. Every character is fully human, and when a frustrated high school boy sets things off with some late night hit-and-run pitching practice, aimed at the head of the to
Apr 18, 2013 Nicole rated it it was amazing
It is the summer of 1962 and two young men’s lives are about to change forever. Richeboux Branscomb is a young, white male who should have stayed at the dance with his girlfriend. Instead he chooses to ride with his friends into Cherrytown. Acee Waites, is a young, black male who works hard and is just trying to find time to spend with his girlfriend. He is called home, when the cops show up searching for his brother, a civil rights activist who lives with a white, northern woman. This is the ...more
Jun 07, 2013 Deirdre rated it really liked it
Compelling characters and a steamy setting bring this story of racial tension in the Civil Rights era to life. Hard to put down, easy to immerse yourself in.
Sarah Pleydell
Jun 30, 2013 Sarah Pleydell rated it it was amazing
This book is redolent with the best of the literature of the Civil Rights era, and of the tradition leading up to it: there are shades certainly of Going to Meet The Man and Light in August. Yet it is very much its own coherent work. The characters move in and out of focus with a skill and urgency that drive the reader from one mind to another without sacrificing the narrative urgency of the whole. I was always wanting to stop and savor the crisp, nuanced prose while feeling propelled toward the ...more
Wendy Hines
Dec 21, 2012 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it
A turn back in time, a glimpse of the past. Leaving Tuscaloosa is a riveting story steeply based in real truth with the oppression of the south in the sixties as well as segregation and racism. The characters are memorable and the writing is excellent, at times brilliant. A very important book that brings issues of the past to light, but also, is thought-provoking enough to bring today's issues into play as well.

At times taut, poignant and deep in suspense, at the forefront are the characters tr
Feb 23, 2013 Cynthia rated it it was amazing
I moved to Tuscaloosa in 1963 at the age of eight. This book is set in 1962. Bennett made me retrace all the old neighborhoods, smell the papermill again, and remember the nasty polluted old Black Warrior river. And the way he depicts the racial division and tension...I did not experience it as dramatically as this, but the reality rang true. It all worked its way into my bones. I left Tuscaloosa, but Tuscaloosa has never left me.
Gayle Hart
Mar 07, 2013 Gayle Hart rated it it was ok
Just couldn't get into it. It's well-written, but it is just a dark, depressing read. I'm 100 pages in and I cannot recall anything even slightly nice or good happening--no one smiled, the sun doesn't shine, nothing. After hearing what the rest of my book club thought of it, I have no interest in slogging through the rest of it. Too bad.
Megan Farley
Jan 24, 2013 Megan Farley rated it really liked it
This book is beautifully written and was hard to put down, dispite the difficult subject matter. His portaryal of Tuscaloosa streets and major points of interest was accurate. The characters were well developed and their individual stories were well integrated.
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