Scottsboro

Picador Classic

3.91 based on 345 ratings & 51 reviews on Goodreads.com

With an introduction by Jayne Anne Phillips

Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, a novel inspired by the shocking true story of the Scottsboro boys.

Even after all these years, the injustice still stuns. Innocent boys sentenced to die, not for a crime they did not commit, but for a crime that never occurred. Lives splintered as casually as wood being hacked for kindling.

Alabama, 1931. A freight train is stopped in Scottsboro, nine black youths are brutally arrested and, within minutes, the cry of rape goes up from two white girls. In the shocking aftermath, one sticks to her story whilst the other keeps changing her mind, and an impassioned young journalist must try to save nine boys from the electric chair, one girl from a lie and herself from the clutches of the past . . .

Stirring racism, sexism and the politics of a divided America into an explosive brew, Scottsboro gives voice to the victims - black and white - of this infamous case. Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2009, Ellen Feldman's classic charts a fight for justice during the burgeoning civil-rights movement.

Taut, haunting . . . a suspenseful page-turner
Daily Telegraph
A keen sense of drama . . . What emerges is a raw sense of alienation and collision
Publishers' Weekly
An astute history . . . clear-sighted . . . There were real innocents: African American young men who lost years of their lives, their health and hope. It is for them, and the bitter lessons they taught everyone who touched the case, that Feldman's book has been written and should be read
Independent

About Ellen Feldman

Ellen Feldman, a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow, is the author of The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank, Scottsboro, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and Next To Love. She lives in New York City with her husband.

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The Unwitting
Next to Love
Next to Love
The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank
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The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor
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The Psalm Killer
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A Boy's Own Story
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The Genius of Shakespeare
The Genius of Shakespeare
Trumpet
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The Liars' Club
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With Nails
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Quartet in Autumn
Quartet in Autumn
The Little Prince
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Quarantine
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My Year Off
My Year Off
If The Spirit Moves You
If The Spirit Moves You
The Drowned Book
The Drowned Book
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
Dispatches
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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
Four Letters Of Love
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Once in a House on Fire
Once in a House on Fire
The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones
The Woman Warrior
The Woman Warrior
Cloudstreet
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Essays In Love
Essays In Love
The Piano Tuner
The Piano Tuner
The Snow Geese
The Snow Geese
Unreliable Memoirs
Unreliable Memoirs
The South
The South
The Butcher Boy
The Butcher Boy
The Book of Evidence
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