A mesmerizing story of family and community bonds set in Birmingham, Alabama, on Mother's Day 1961. When a young white woman takes an injured freedom ...Show synopsisA mesmerizing story of family and community bonds set in Birmingham, Alabama, on Mother's Day 1961. When a young white woman takes an injured freedom rider into her home, the conflicts within and beyond her well-run world reach a crisis point.Hide synopsis
Description:Good. 0684811111 0684811111 Good/Good npd., c. 1996, green/blue...Good. 0684811111 0684811111 Good/Good npd., c. 1996, green/blue bds. w/price clipped d.j., 300pp., (very lt. shelf wear, corners bumped, corners lightly creased to upper corners, text clean and bright, d.j. taped to bds., very lt. edge wear, lt. rubbing, mylar cover). From Publishers Weekly Her unusual ability to depict Southerners with discerning candor as well as sympathetic understanding has distinguished Covington's three previous, praised novels (Gathering Home, et al.). Here, her touch is not as sure, as her story centers on the events in Birmingham, Ala., in 1961, when CORE activists were attacked by Klansmen with the active connivance of the city's commissioner of public safety, the notorious (real life) Bull Connor. Here Connor is depicted as a longtime friend of hotel-keeper Dinah Fraley, her husband Pete and their two children, sensitive Gracie, 12, and high-school senior Benny. The family hotel was once a bordello run by Dinah's mother, and Connor's love for the beautiful (now dead) madam is still the central event in his life. Covington follows the Fraley family through a time of personal and community crisis and indicates that the hope of racial healing in the South resides in good people like them. She succeeds in conveying the complex, relatively respectful relationship between blacks and guilt-ridden whites in Birmingham until Connor whips the community into a frenzy. But in trying to map the psychological contours of a racist like Bull Connor, Covington creates a character with no real dimensions. Her Connor is a pathetic figure, eccentrically obnoxious but never real to the reader. Covington truly stumbles, however, in depicting Pete Fraley's awkward and improbable relationship with a deliberately mute black worker in the foundry where he is foreman. The pervasive premonitory tone is not only overstated (convincing drama never occurs) but also inhibits the narrative, creating lethargy rather than suspense. Author tour. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. From Library Journal Remember Birmingham in the early 1960s? Then you remember Sheriff Bull Connor, the man at the center of this novel by the author of Night Ride Home (LJ 8/92). He's everything you recall: mean, nasty, overweight, and bigoted. He is also a man tormented by the past and the future that will destroy all he knows and understands. The ''hotel, '' once a bordello, is Dinah's. She lives there in the summer of 1961 with her husband, Pete, and children, waiting for a new home to be built. Angel, a young freedom rider, and Sugarfoot, a reporter, are the hotel's only other residents. Pete and Dinah are trying to move into this new world, one they know is right, and away from their past lives. Connor's physical presence pervades the book, along with his hatred and inability to cope with the coming changes, and behind it all looms the specter of Dinah's snake-handling preacher father. The rest of the cast are good people caught up in the turmoil. This is a spellbinding look at a place and time most readers can hardly fathom. Recomended for most fiction popular collections. Barbara Maslekoff, Ohioana Lib., Columbus Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. From Kirkus Reviews In her fourth novel, Covington (Night Ride Home, 1992, etc. ) threads the racial unrest of Birmingham, Alabama, in 1961 into the already complicated fabric of one white family's life--and pulls it all together with real, if uneven, tension. Dinah Fraley was 12 when her prostitute mother was murdered by vigilantes and she was bundled off to live with the man alleged to be her father, an evangelistic country preacher. In 1961, Dinah, now in her 30s, is securely married to Pete, a foundry-worker. The couple and their two children are temporarily living in the Crescent Hotel, which Dinah owns and which is in fact the former brothel where she spent her childhood. The shadow of the past that follows Dinah takes its most persistent form in the...
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