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Coastal Georgia in the depths of the Great Depression. A white minister is murdered and a young African-American man is convicted of the killing and sent to a brutal prison farm. Forty years later, Ben Jordan finally emerges a free man, struggling to understand a world that has undergone profound change, and sets out on a mission to bring the true killer to justice. Jesus ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 29th 2014 by Deer Hawk Enterprises
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Lynn
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I received Jesus Tree from Goodreads Giveaways. What follows is my honest opinion of this book.

If you just read one book in 2015, let it be Jesus Tree. I had not read any of Mr. Doster's prior books but felt I would like Jesus Tree, as the setting for this story is my home state, Georgia. I have great appreciation for the incredible amount of research that Mr. Doster did prior to writing this book, delving into the murder of the white pastor in southeast Georgia during the depression and the sub
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Jeanie Loiacono
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“From the moment I opened the book I knew it was going to be good. Stephen Doster is a master storyteller and wordsmith. He takes you through the rabbit hole to Sapelo Island, Georgia. I have had the privilege of staying there at Cornelia Bailey’s house (You can, too. Go online. She wrote God, Dr. Buzzard, and the Bolito Man: A Saltwater Geechee Talks About Life on Sapelo Island, Georgia). It was made so much more real since I had seen the area, smelled the briny marsh and walked the dirt roads ...more
Sharon
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I won this book on GoodReads.

"Jesus Tree" is a well written story. Set in Costal Georgia
the book is a realistic look at the way life was in the south in the depression era. Sadly, some of the prejudices so realistically portrayed in the book are still part of southern life today in some areas of the south! By being brave enough to use the language of the era the author has written a book that is very authentic and intriguing! The story pulls you in and stays with you long after you have turned t
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Patsy
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An excellent story dealing with the life of an African-American man convicted of murdering a white minister in Coastal Georgia during the Depression. Stephen Doster does an excellent job recreating the southern scene complete with language and words appropriate to the time. The story includes scenes striking contrast between the spiritual beliefs of the Coastal African-Americans and people living on the main land. This novel is slated to become a classic in the genre of Southern Literature.
Robbi Leah  Freeman
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best authors of historical fiction. He brings his characters to life. Hard story to read because of the treatment of convicts in 1930s. But main character will grab your heart. Also great historical information on an African culture and beliefs.
Carolyn
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow, incredible southern historical fiction. This book draws you in as the authors masterful writing plays the story in your head like a movie. Absolutely one of the best novels I've read in years! Highly recommended!!
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