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Gathering of Waters by Bernice L. McFadden
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Oct 10, 12

bookshelves: african-american
Read in March, 2012

The murder of Emmett Till in 1955 was a watershed moment in race relations in the United States. It was a horrific act of unprovoked violence that deeply affected the whole country.

In this fictional account, McFadden tells the story through the life of Till's young love Tass Hilson. Deeply affected, and understandably so, by the murder Tass wants to leave town. She eventually leaves, marries, and raises a family. After her husbund dies she returns to her childhood home.
Here the story takes on a mystical and fantasical tone when Till's spirit is finally released. An effective treatment of the story of Emmett Till told in an almost fairy tale manner. I found it similar to the story telling used in McCullough's "The Ladies of Missalonghi" and Josh Ritter's "Bright's Passage".
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