Family Ties by Ernest Hill

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In the acclaimed A Life for a Life, Ernest Hill created an unforgettably candid story of violence, love, and redemption with teenaged D’Ray Reid at its center. Now, with his jail time behind him, D’Ray has returned home to find that the real fight for survival is only beginning…

Everyone was shocked when Mr. Henry took D’Ray Reid under his wing. After all, Mr. Henry’s real son, Stanley, was murdered by D’Ray—a crime D’Ray committed to save his brother, Little Man. Yet in the years since, Mr. Henry has tried to show D’Ray how to become the man Stanley would never be.

After Mr. Henry’s death, D’Ray seeks out his own mother, Mira, hoping to rebuild their broken relationship. But D’Ray’s homecoming is more tumultuous than expected. Arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, Little Man has escaped and is in hiding. Mira blames D’Ray for Little Man’s troubled history, but she has her own secrets to hide. And putting things right will mean uncovering a legacy of lies and hidden agendas, and realizing the only way to be free of the past is to stand tall and confront it at last…

Praise for the novels of Ernest Hill

“If novels offer us a way of seeing the world that we could not imagine before, A Life for a Life does just that.” —The Times-Picayune

“An exceptional literary piece that some readers will compare to Richard Wright’s Native Son.”Booklist on Satisfied with Nothin’

“As the story unfolds…these unforgettable characters come to full, sympathetic life.”—Publishers Weekly on A Person of Interest

“A skilled storyteller.” —New York Times Book Review


About Ernest Hill

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Ernest Hill was born in Oak Grove, Louisiana. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his master's degree from Cornell University. He divides his time between Baton Rouge, where he is writer in residence at Southern University, and Los Angeles, where he is a Dorothy Danforth Compton doctoral fellow in history at UCLA. He is the author of Satisfied with Nothin' and is currently at work on his third novel.
Published September 1, 2010 by Kensington Books. 321 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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D’Ray Reid, out of prison for having killed a young man, seems to have turned his life around, but when he finds out his brother Curtis has escaped from jail, D’Ray tries to reunite with his family and restore justice.

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Book Jones reviews two thrillers from the father and son combo, Stephen King and Joe Hill.

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National Review Online

Persons who drag vanity children into a non-traditional environment do not have the children's best interests at heart, but rather their own selfish, foolish social statements.Speaking of foolish social statements...Even if, as would not be terribly surprising, in addition to being superior (on a...

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After D’Ray’s release from jail Mr. Henry, being a forgiving man, took D’Ray into his home and raised him to be the man he was intended to be.

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