#9 in series

Scottsboro

Picador Classic

Book 9 in the series

3.91 based on 359 ratings & 55 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 15.12.2014
ISBN: 9781447275350
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

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.

In the media

A riveting drama . . . inspired and inspiring . . . Ruby is a gem of a character, and belongs with the best of William Faulkner's, or Alice Walker's, women
San Francisco Chronicle
A keen sense of drama . . . What emerges is a raw sense of alienation and collision
Publishers' Weekly
Taut, haunting . . . a suspenseful page-turner
Daily Telegraph

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