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Gathering of Waters by Bernice L. McFadden
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May 13, 2012

really liked it
Read in April, 2012

This book is a story of endurance, and love and racial tension. I believed this book was fiction until I was describing the death of young Emmett in the novel to my 16 year old daughter and she expressed her surprise that I didn't know the story of Emmett Till. Sadly, these stories were not shared in the 60's and 70's in public school. To know the death of Emmett was a real event made it ten times more horrific. Still, this is not a horror story-it's a beautifully crafted and easily told book of truth and encouraged me to read more by this fabulously talented author. A haunting and powerful book. McFadden writes easily and smoothly. Her honesty is on the surface of every word and life for her characters is one of oppression counter-balanced by passion for life and love. Ironically, I was reading it while on vacation down south and it made the setting feel even more vivid. I am glad our young people are learning these stories so this kind of cruelty and barbarism can hopefully cease.
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T Frost Yeah, I'm not how I knew about Emmett Till, probably something on PBS during Black History Month, but it's one of those horrific stories. Interesting sounding book.

Alyce Rocco I went to public schools in the '50s and '60s. I do not remember if that is where I first learned about Emmett Till, but it was the blurb on the book cover mentioning Till that caused me to check it out of the library.

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