Five Smooth Stones by Ann Fairbairn
A Novel (Rediscovered Classics)

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David Champlin is a black man born into poverty in Depression-era New Orleans who achieves great success and then sacrifices everything to lead his people in the difficult, day-by-day struggle of the civil rights movement. Sara Kent is the beloved and vital white girl who loved David from the moment she first saw him, but they struggled over David's belief that a marriage for them would not be right in the violent world he had to confront. Likening the struggle of black Americans to the “five smooth stones” the biblical David carried against Goliath in lieu of arms, this novel’s range encompasses decades and continents—but that range is insignificant compared with the intimate picture of its hero’s irresistible warmth and inner conflicts. First published in 1966, this epic has become one of the most loved American bestsellers.


About Ann Fairbairn

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Ann Fairbairn was best known for Five Smooth Stones, but also published two other books: a biography of New Orleans jazz clarinetist George Lewis, whose tours she managed, and a 1970 novel, That Man Cartwright. She lived for many years in New Orleans and died in Monterey, California, in 1972.
Published April 1, 2009 by Chicago Review Press. 767 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Even while at a loss for words (Miss Fairbairn is not—her novel runs to more than 900 pages) to evaluate this as anything more than a popular novel, it is intended to synthesize the Negro experience in terms and through people which will involve the reader.

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