Quakertown by Lee Martin

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In Quakertown, Lee Martin's eagerly awaited first novel, Martin travels back to 1920s Texas to tell the story of a flourishing black community that was segregated from its white brethren-and of the remarkable gardener who was asked to do the unimaginable.

Based on the true story of a shameful episode in north Texas's history, Quakertown draws on the rich texture of the South-the Pecan Creek running along the edges of Quakertown, the remarkable and rare white lilac, and the rising tensions marking each nod and greeting. With strength and a deep wisdom of heart Martin carves out the delicate story of two families-one white and one black-and the child whose birth brought a gift of forgiveness.
 

About Lee Martin

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Lee Martin is the author of the award-winning story collection "The Least You Need to Know" & the recipient of an NEA fellowship among other awards. He is a professor of English at the University of North Texas & the editor of the "American Literary Review". Dutton will publish his first novel, "Just Enough Haughty", in June 2001.
 
Published June 1, 2001 by Dutton Adult. 320 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A threatened abortion, an accidental fatal shooting, at least one too many ponderously symbolic conflagrations, and the climactic release of Ike’s aggrieved violent impulses—these are only a few links in the chain of catastrophes that undermines the loving patience with which Martin, a fine styli...

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When Little's employer, Andrew Bell, asks him to help smooth the division of Quakertown into white and black neighborhoods, Little doesn't know what to think.

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The Morning Call

Quakertown property owners and residents will get a chance to ask questions about a report calling for safety inspections at all borough properties during an upcoming council work session.

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