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Ticket to Exile
Cultural Writing. Memoir. African American Studies. At age nineteen, A. D. Miller sat in a jail cell. His crime? He passed a white girl a note that read, "I would like to get to know you better." For this he was accused of attempted rape. TICKET TO EXILE recounts Miller's coming-of-age in Depression-era Orangeburg, South Carolina. A closet rebel who successfully evades the ...more
Paperback, 237 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Heyday Books
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There are some interesting observations and impressions of growing up black in a small southern town, and at its best this is a window into that world. However, this would have been better as an extended essay. There is not enough material here for a novel, and the writing would have benefited from a good editor. The central story takes up about 10% of the book, and the resolution of that narrative is pretty anti-climactic.