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Ginny Gall: A Novel by [Smith, Charlie]
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Smith's brutal, beautifully written novel chronicles how racism in the segregated American South repeatedly derails the future of Delvin Walker, an aspiring writer. Delvin is haunted throughout his life by the memory of his mother, who fled Chattanooga, Tenn., upon being accused of killing a white man. Following her disappearance, Delvin and his siblings are separated and placed in foster care. Delvin's love for reading and storytelling is nurtured when he's taken in at age six by kindly Cornelius Oliver, a well-to-do mortician who hopes to pass his business on to Delvin. The particularly horrific mutilation and murder of a young black man leaves its mark on everyone, and Delvin later leaves Chattanooga, worried about an incident involving guns and some hostile white boys. He begins traveling on the rails and meets a man who calls himself Professor Carmel. Delvin agrees to help him run his mobile museum, which showcases photos of murdered black men. He's working with Carmel when he runs into a northerner named Celia, the first woman for which he pines. All along, Delvin keeps a notebook of his writings and longs to write a proper book. Smith (Men in Miami Hotels) is a master at conjuring evocative images, and his expert wordsmithing makes the brutal third act—in which Delvin is falsely accused and imprisoned—particularly visceral. This unforgettable story hits all the right notes, by turns poignant and devastating. (Feb.)

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“Harrowing, luminous… Smith writes lushly, with a painterly eye.... A riveting protagonist moves through unbearable racial carnage into a kind of legend.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“[A] brutal, beautifully written novel… This unforgettable story hits all the right notes, by turns poignant and devastating.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“An intricate examination of the coming-of-age of a young black man caught in the cross hairs of American racial history… A story that is equal parts-and often simultaneously-moving and harrowing… The quotidian country world is full of magic in [Smith’s] hands.” (New York Times Book Review)

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  • File Size: 2245 KB
  • Print Length: 469 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (February 2, 2016)
  • Publication Date: February 2, 2016
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00XU4SQ4K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,422 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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