Billy by Albert French

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Albert French's harrowing debut novel of 10-year-old Billy Lee Turner, convicted and executed for murdering a white girl in Baines, Mississippi, in 1937, is an unsentimental and ultimately heartrending vision of racial injustice. "A work of art . . . Billy never lets up, not for one minute. . . . magnificent".--New York Daily News.
 

About Albert French

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Albert French served in the U.S. Marines as an infantryman during the Vietnam War. After the service, he taught himself photography and worked as a medical photographer and a photojournalist. He is the author of Billy, Holly, and I Can’ t Wait on God.
 
Published July 1, 1994 by Chivers. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Sports & Outdoors, Professional & Technical. Fiction

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 Death, race, and injustice in the Deep South—in a deeply felt but crude first novel about the accidental death of a white girl that leads to the judicial murder of the black boy who killed her.

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This first novel starkly depicts Billy Lee Turner, a black, ten-year-old boy convicted and executed for the stabbing of a young white girl in 1930s Mississippi. (Feb.)

Jan 30 1995 | Read Full Review of Billy

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To fix our underlying economic problems, we need a strategy for the next 20 years, writes Jeffrey D.

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Publishers Weekly

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This first novel starkly depicts Billy Lee Turner, a black, ten-year-old boy convicted and executed for the stabbing of a young white girl in 1930s Mississippi. (Feb.)

Jan 30 1995 | Read Full Review of Billy

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A talented writer makes his debut in this stark, harrowing novel of a young black boy's death. Forcefully told, though sometimes veering into melodrama, the story vivifies the consequences of racial h

Oct 04 1993 | Read Full Review of Billy

Los Angeles Times

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"Billy" is a horror set to music--a gritty, sawing fiddle tune that scrapes away our defenses.

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The Washington Post

Of all the watering holes opened by brothers Eric and Ian Hilton over the years, Chez Billy is the one I find myself grazing in most often.

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The Collected Works of Billy the Kid was Michael Ondaatje's first novel, originally published in 1970 to critical acclaim.

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Equal parts photo scrapbook, thumbnail production history, and long-form essay, Simsolo’s Billy Wilder gathers its material not only from the standard literature of contemporary Wilder Studies — including Ed Sikov’s definitive biography On Sunset Boulevard, a sprawling work that’s still the leade...

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