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The Prudent Mariner: A Novel (Peter Taylor Prize)
The Prudent Mariner: A Novel (Peter Taylor Prize) Leslie Walker Williams 1572336412 9781572336414 In 1913, a young white girl in coastal Georgia fabricates a romance between her elder sister and an African American laborer, inadvertently leading to t
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The Prudent Mariner: A Novel (Peter Taylor Prize) by Leslie Walker Williams

In 1913, a young white girl in coastal Georgia fabricates a romance between her elder sister and an African American laborer, inadvertently leading to the mans lynching. A crowd gathers and a photographer records the event on picture postcards. In one of these, the young girl stands smiling beside the hanged man. More than fifty years later, nine-year-old Riddley Cross discovers these postcards amid her late grandfathers belongings. As she tries to make sense of why the postcards are in her familys possession, and why the photographed girl seems so familiar, Riddley becomes haunted by apparitions and dreams of lynchings. The postcards force her to question what she has been taught about the world, the South, and her family - and what she has not. The mysteries of the lynching postcards start to unravel after her widowed grandmother, Adele, moves in with the family. Afflicted with Alzheimers disease, Adele speaks only to murmur the occasional insult or curse. Nonetheless, she and Riddley become companions of a sort, based largely on their common affinity for silence, wandering, and the nearby river. When Riddley develops a friendship with her neighbor Carver, an artist and iconoclast, the connections between the postcards and Riddleys family gradually come to light, and a series of tragic events begins to unfold. In The Prudent Mariner, Leslie Walker Williams offers a searing exploration of the legacies of complicity and violence. silence and regret, and the unforeseeable ways the past shapes and impinges upon the present.--BOOK JACKET.

Author: Leslie Walker Williams

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 336

Publisher: Univ Tennessee Press

Publication Date: 2008-10-13

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