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Strange Fruit Paperback – July 15, 1992
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Again, religion plays a big role in Smith's book - this time a weeklong series of revival meetings during the early 1920s serves as the backdrop for the story. In front is a years-before-it-became-acceptable romance between Tracy, son of the town's white physician, and Nonnie, the youngest daughter in the town's leading black family. Born of a chilvarous act during the girl's childhood, and surviving absences from the town by both lovers - she to go to college and he to serve in World War I, the love affair goes along very quietly behind the scenes until Nonnie reveals to Tracy that she is pregnant with his child and happy to be so.
As with most dramatic star-crossed romances, this one spirals toward a tragedy that the people in both White Town and Colored Town of Maxwell, Georgia struggle to deal with.Read more ›
I mostly love the style that the book is written in, with different stories inside of the story, all creating an intricate portrait of each of the characters. The language is dark and passionate, especially in the instances of Tracy & Noni's own thoughts to themselves about each other. I found myself completely inside of their world, feeling their struggle with the emotions they had for each other in a society that just could never accept them being together. This book is a great portrait of the racially divided South in the 1920's, a heartwrenching love story that is an absolute treasure to own.
I really admire how this author is able to write from so many different perspectives as well, which shows how talented she is. This writer was able to capture the history of the south and racism in such an honest and fearless way. It is a love story, a fiction, but a non-fiction as well because everything that happens in this story is based on actual situations that happened in the old south between whites and blacks. I just love how this writer attacked it head on with such depth and honesty. Left a huge impact on me...parts of it absolutely broke my heart and just made me FEEL and connect...I'm going to read it again! GET THIS BOOK! GET IT RIGHT NOW! You will not forget it and will be glad you did, trust me.
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one of those books that truly moves your soul
and stirs up emotions
and also of a time not so long ago and very much relateable of how race relations are today. Read more
I have always loved Southern literature but just recently encountered this book in a graduate course. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Stephanie C.
I had read this was a book that was on the best seller list in 1944 - so I ordered it, but it was pure labor to get through it and I never did finish it. Read morePublished 15 months ago by J. Sabayrac
I read this book, oddly enough, after hearing the Kanye West song that samples the song "Strange Fruit," most famously sung by Billie Holiday. Read morePublished on October 21, 2013 by bIgle44
This book was so deep and disturbing. It made me think and feel more about race relations then and now than I was expecting to.Published on October 7, 2013 by kaira.breanne22
I love Southern writers but did not know Lillian Smith.It is a most disturbing book, and although the "black-white" relationship fortunately has improved dramatically over... Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by Tosti di Cremoni Helge
This is an astonishing book, the characters and the sense of time and place
beautifully and strongly rendered. Read more
My actress friend Brenda discovered Lillian Smith and is on a crusade to make her known. I attended a dramatic reading she did about Lillian's life and writings that prompted me to... Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by C. Chandler
I love reading books that transport you into the character's lives, this is no exception. Amazing writing and great portrayal of racial bigotry in the South US that is still... Read morePublished on May 1, 2011 by Cheryl Ann Bach