West of Rehoboth by Alexs D. Pate
A Novel

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Set in the early 1960s, West of Rehoboth is the moving story of twelve-year-old Edward Massey. Each summer, to escape the heat of Philadelphia, Edward's family travels to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. A pristine resort untouched by racial integration, Rehoboth Beach offers work for his mother and a sandy playground for his sister. But for Edward -- an imaginative boy smitten with Agatha Christie's master sleuth Hercule Poirot -- it offers the the chance to understand his curmudgeonly uncle Rufus, a man caught in a swirl of hard luck and bad choices.

Forging a tenuous bond, their relationship will take Edward on a harrowing journey through Rufus' past -- an amalgam of violence, disappointment, and frustration. As he tries to make sense of the sadness and despair of his uncle's life, Edward must struggle to avoid losing himself to the same destiny. In this mesmerizing and elegant story, Pate tells the tale of a family on the brink of turmoil -- and of the compassionate and healing power of one unforgettable boy.


About Alexs D. Pate

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Alexs D. Pate's work has appeared in the Washington Post, Utne Reader, and Artpaper. The author of four novels, he is assistant professor of African American and African studies at the Unversity of Minnesota. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Published August 21, 2001 by William Morrow. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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For those who’ve never checked out Pate before also read his other books to include Finding Makeba(which I’ve read and highly recommend) and Losing Absalom and the Multicultiboho SideShow(two books that I plan to read soon).

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