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Paperback 2017-08-29 $15.00 128
Kindle Edition 2017-08-29 130
Audible Audio Edition 2017-08-29 $17.50

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The Tragedy of Brady Sims (Vintage Contemporaries)

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Published by Vintage on 2017-08-29
Paperback: $15.00
FICTION / Literary, FICTION / Thrillers


Ernest J. Gaines's new novella revolves around a courthouse shooting that leads a young reporter to uncover the long story of race and power in his small town and the relationship between the white sheriff and the black man who "whipped children" to keep order.
    After Brady Sims pulls out a gun in a courtroom and shoots his own son, who has just been convicted of robbery and murder, he asks only to be allowed two hours before he'll give himself up to the sheriff. When the editor of the local newspaper asks his cub reporter to dig up a "human interest" story about Brady, he heads for the town's barbershop. It is the barbers and the regulars who hang out there who narrate with empathy, sadness, humor, and a profound understanding the life story of Brady Sims—an honorable, just, and unsparing man who with his tough love had been handed the task of keeping the black children of Bayonne, Louisiana in line to protect them from the unjust world in which they lived. And when his own son makes a fateful mistake, it is up to Brady to carry out the necessary reckoning. In the telling, we learn the story of a small southern town, divided by race, and the black community struggling to survive even as many of its inhabitants head off northwards during the Great Migration.

(Paperback, 2017-08-29)


ASIN: 0525434461
ISBN: 9780525434467
EAN: 9780525434467

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A young reporter on assignment learns the history of a town’s black community.

Gaines competently reveals his central character's motivations, but that might not be enough to make readers care about the man's fate.

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