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Rebel Yell: A Novel Hardcover – September 29, 2009
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“Randall moves masterfully between past and present and between Nashville, Washington, D.C., Manila, and Rome to present an intriguing portrait of a young black couple struggling with racial identity and expectations…Randall demonstrates, with delicious imagery and a sense of racial irony, a love for history's forgotten and overlooked.” ―Booklist
“Alice Randall's Rebel Yell addresses race, class, backroom politics, and family intrigue through the intellectual yet heart-smart lens of Harvard-educated African American Hope Jones Blackshear. Traveling between her native Nashville and Rome, Blackshear faces down facts and fictions of her own past that parallel the tumult of Americas first postmillenial decade.” ―Elle
Top Customer Reviews
its rarity. With her careful construction of characters, setting, and
words that fall from the page with palpable emotion, Randall has
created a vibrant tapestry in "Rebel Yell," made of the very fabric of
this nation. The writing is complex, rich and decadent; but, it
takes a discerning palate to appreciate the nuance of her work.
Randall gives entrée to the often-overlooked world of affluent,
self-sustaining, African-American "royalty." DuBois often spoke of
the talented tenth; Randall has brought them to life. A revised birth
of a nation, Randall's novel shows what the Civil War and Civil Rights
bore into the future. Race here, however, is not black and white.
Randall has transformed the colors into even bolder emotions--fear,
strength, pride--and softens them with themes of family and goodness.
"Rebel Yell" reveals that the truth is redemptive and triumphant.
Randall, with her incredible grasp of history, literature, and
politics of the age, shows that there are no accidents in life. There
is no such thing as spontaneous generation. The evil of one era can
beget evil in the next. The only good writing is personal writing,
and this is a novel with the power to speak to every person who stops
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like a challenging book, but this book was all over the place. It kept going from one time frame to another. Read morePublished on December 30, 2011 by sunshine29
Alice Randall's "Rebel Yell" is a novel about love, race, sex, power, culture, family...just to name a few themes! Read morePublished on January 13, 2010 by Adam G. Dvorsky
Randall's third book is what a novel should be: entertaining and enlightening. 'Rebel Yell' takes the reader on a journey through the homes, lives and secrets of the black elite of... Read morePublished on January 10, 2010 by Matt