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The Moon in Our Hands
by Thomas Dyja (Goodreads Author)
From the author of the award-winning novel Play for a Kingdom comes a masterful story inspired by the early life of Walter White, a dynamic but now all-but-forgotten figure in the history of civil rights. The twenty-four-year-old White was recruited in 1918 to work for the NAACP. Just weeks after he began, a horrible lynching took place in a small town in Tennessee and Whi ...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published January 19th 2006 by Da Capo Press
(first published January 2nd 2004)
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The premise is intriguing -- a young black man investigates a lynching in a southern town in 1918 by passing for white. Based on a true story, the fictional Walter makes presumptions about those he meets, and then deals with the consequences. The characters were well drawn, even if the book dragged at times (especially during Walter's internal dialogue).
I've written three novels and two works of non-fiction before THE THIRD COAST. I've also worked as an editor, book packager, and many years as a bookseller in Chicago, New York, and Boston. I currently live in Manhattan with my wife and daughter, who's in high school; my son is away at college.More about Thomas Dyja...