Your Blues Ain't Like Mine

Your Blues Ain't Like Mine

Book - 1992
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Baker & Taylor
Records how a racist beating in a small Mississippi town ripples through generations, changing forever the lives of everyone involved in the incident

Blackwell North Amer
Repercussions are felt for decades in a dozen lives after a racist beating turns to cold-blooded murder in a small Mississippi town in the 1950s.
Bebe Moore Campbell's affecting memoir, Sweet Summer: Growing Up With and Without My Dad, was hailed by The Philadelphia Inquirer as "a remarkable achievement." "Ripe with family stories, lush with images, suffused with emotions," said the Kansas City Star. "It is probably one of the more overdue books about and for the black community," wrote Nikki Giovanni in The Washington Post. Now Campbell turns her abundant talents to fiction in an evocative first novel, Your Blues Ain't Like Mine.
Chicago-born Armstrong Todd is fifteen, black, and unused to the segregated ways of the Deep South when his mother sends him to spend the summer with relatives in her native rural Mississippi. For speaking a few innocuous words in French to a white woman, Armstrong pays the ultimate price when her husband, brother-in-law, and father-in-law decide to teach him a lesson. The lives of everyone involved in the incident - black and white - are changed forever, and the reverberations extend well into the next generation.
Resonant with the sorrows of poverty and racial prejudice as well as the triumphs of love and social justice, Your Blues Ain't Like Mine marks the debut of a powerful, clear voice in contemporary fiction.

& Taylor

The author of Sweet Summer turns her talents to fiction with a novel that records how a racist beating in a small Mississippi town rippled through generations, changing forever the lives of everyone involved in the incident. 12,500 first printing.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1992
ISBN: 9780399137464
Branch Call Number: FICTION CAMPB
Characteristics: 332 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 21, 2017

This book was real interesting to read. I wished the author put the year it was when it changed from 60s, 70s to even upper 80s. All the characters and the way they was saddened me mainly because it was like that back in time and still to this day people are like that for the most part. Just shows how much people can teach and carry on hate and judgement. How some people think because of their skin color, they are almighty but are not. The ending was not what I expected. I wasn't thinking something bad but the end shows up hope and love and not to just totally give up.


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