The Moon in Our Hands by Thomas Dyja
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From the author of the award-winning novel Play for a Kingdom comes a masterful story inspired by the early life of Walter White, a dynamic but now all-but-forgotten figure in the history of civil rights. The twenty-four-year-old White was recruited in 1918 to work for the NAACP. Just weeks after he began, a horrible lynching took place in a small town in Tennessee and White was sent there to pose as a traveling salesman. His mission was to stay as long as it took to pry the secrets out of the town. Dyja paints a complex portrait of shifting identity as White, a blonde, blue-eyed, and very light-skinned African-American, moves back and forth between white and black, working his way into both the good-old-boy network of the town and the besieged African-American community. Forced to rethink his assumptions about what really happened in the town of Sibley Springs the night of the lynching, he struggles to establish guilt and innocence in a foreign landscape, confronting as well his own questions of identity. When another lynching looms, White must decide if he will risk everything to save a black life and the white souls of Sibley Springs.

About Thomas Dyja

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Thomas Dyja is the author of novels (Play for a Kingdom, which won the Casey Award in 1998 for the best baseball book of the year; Meet John Trow; and The Moon in Our Hands), nonfiction (Only Connect, about reforming our schools), and children's books (Nick), and has edited a number of books of biography. A graduate of Columbia University, he lives in New York City.
Published January 3, 2005 by Da Capo Press. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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White himself has hated Caucasians ever since his childhood friend, a white boy, joined a mob surrounding his Atlanta home.

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An articulate and congenial man, White quickly wins the trust of several town figures and learns of their roles in the lynching.

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