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Beautiful Dreamer

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In a small Southern town, a white man tries to prevent a lynching and finds himself branded by the mob --- and worse, finds himself sheltering the dead man's son. When the killers come around to finish the job, the two victims are forced to flee across the country in the hopes of escaping men with nothing but vengeance on their minds.

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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published 2002)
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AAAGH, another book club selection. Maybe I'm just too much of a happy optimistic person to enjoy these types of reads, but jeez, this was depressing and reminiscent of a horrible era for our country. The unfortunate part is that this most likely does still exist in some areas near to us and definitely the concept occurs all of the world. Nonetheless, very depressing to me. As for the writing, I did not appreciate the flow although it did lend some credibility to the period it was set in. Hard t ...more
Well, this is one of the books you don't appreciate until you've finished it. It took me quite a while to finish it, and it completely failed to keep me interested, at a point, I was just waiting for the whole thing to end.
The silence, the tension, it was too much.
But later on, it becomes apparent that the author intentionally made that really slow build up, just to achieve a successful climax.
I loved it.
I knew this book had received less than glowing reviews from readers but I wanted to read it for myself. The author should have been able to do so much more with the storyline. Trying to convey the thinking of the characters ended up sounding more like the rambling of idiots. So disappointing.
A beautiful, powerful book about race relations in early 20th C. America. More than that though, it is about good versus evil, doing what is right. I found it to be a very engrossing read, that I just couldn't put down.
This was one of the 2007 RUSA Notable Books winners. For the complete list, go to
Robin Holloway
Can't remember enough about this book to give it a rating. If it's so immemorable, I'm going to say it was okay.
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