Like Trees, Walking by Ravi Howard
A Novel

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Based on the true story of a modern-day lynching in America, Ravi Howard's widely acclaimed debut novel exposes one of the most tragic chapters in the history of the American South.

On the morning of March 21, 1981, in Mobile, Alabama, nineteen-year-old Michael Donald was found dead, his body badly beaten and hanging from a tree on Herndon Avenue. Brothers Paul and Roy Deacon of the Deacon Memorial Funeral Home are called upon to bury their close friend and classmate, and the experience will leave them forever changed. Along with other residents of their hometown, the Deacon brothers must struggle to understand the circumstances surrounding Donald's murder—the city's first lynching in more than sixty years and a gruesome reminder of racial inequalities in the New South.


About Ravi Howard

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Ravi Howard received the 2001 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Award for College Writers for his short story "Like Trees, Walking." After graduating from Howard University, he received his MFA from the University of Virginia. His writing also appeared in The Massachusetts Review and Callaloo. A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Howard now lives in Mobile.
Published March 5, 2013 by Harper Perennial. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Roy, a thoughtful and self-contained young man, made no overt protest against this predestined career, but all the same, he remembers longing for a more exciting and dramatic life—the sort his much-admired brother Paul seemed poised to enjoy.

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Alabama native Howard revisits a 1981 Mobile, Ala., lynching in his \t\t debut novel, an extended version of a short story he wrote that won the 2001 \t\t Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Award.

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