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Madewell Brown by Rick Collignon
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Mar 15, 09

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Recommended to Jackie by: Charles Stillwagon
Read in March, 2009

Though this is a book meant to be an answer to a mystery created in an earlierbook, "Perdido", it stands alone quite well. It involves a forgotten team in the Negro League baseball of long ago, one old man who tells it's stories over and over, another old man who keeps a dark secret about it until his death bed, and the younger people who inherit the stories and the pall of the secrets. It's a rambling story, changing voices and eras effortlessly, but a fine one, showing the importance of memory and oral storytelling in keeping the past alive long enough for the present to learn from it.
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