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David Champlin is a black man born into poverty in Depression-era New Orleans who achieves great success and then sacrifices everything to lead his people in the difficult, day-by-day struggle of the civil rights movement. Sara Kent is the beloved and vital white girl who loved David from the moment she first saw him, but they struggled over David's belief that a marriage for them would not be right in the violent world he had to confront. Likening the struggle of black Americans to the “five smooth stones” the biblical David carried against Goliath in lieu of arms, this novels range encompasses decades and continentsbut that range is insignificant compared with the intimate picture of its heros irresistible warmth and inner conflicts. First published in 1966, this epic has become one of the most loved American bestsellers.

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This gripping bestseller, first published in 1966, has continued to captivate readers with its wide-ranging yet intimate portrait of an America sundered by racial conflict. David Champlin is a black man born into poverty in Depression-era New Orleans who makes his way up the ladder of success, only to sacrifice everything to lead his people in the civil rights movement. Sara Kent is the white girl who loves David from the moment she first sees him, and who struggles against his belief that a marriage for them would be wrong in the violent world he has to confront. And the “five smooth stones” are those the biblical David carried against Goliath. By the time this novel comes to its climax of horror, bloodshed, and hope, readers will be convinced that its enduring popularity is fully justified.

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Ann Fairbairn is the pseudonym of Dorothy Tait, who was the author of Call Him George and That Man Cartwright.

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First Thursday Book Clubber, February 4, 2010 (view all comments by First Thursday Book Clubber)
THIS IS THE BEST BOOK YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF.

This book was recommended to me by someone who read it for his high school literature class... 30 years ago, and it's still his favorite book. I can see why. It's beautifully written, in a manner and style that you don't encounter in contemporary novels. It's easily the best book I've read in a decade or three. I recommended it to my book club, and it received rave reviews (and I received many "thanks yous" for recommending it). The characters are wonderfully drawn, the story compelling, the historic backdrop horrific. There's so much going on in this book that I plan to re-read it at some point to capture all that I missed the first time.

If you do an internet search on this book, you will see that it receives -- almost universally -- glowing reviews and comments along the lines of "the best book I've ever read" and "still my favorite after 30 years". And deservedly so. I loved this book. It is absolutely worth the effort it takes to carry it around.
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ISBN:
9781556528156
Author:
Fairbairn, Ann
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Rediscovered Classics
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
768
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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This gripping bestseller, first published in 1966, has continued to captivate readers with its wide-ranging yet intimate portrait of an America sundered by racial conflict. David Champlin is a black man born into poverty in Depression-era New Orleans who makes his way up the ladder of success, only to sacrifice everything to lead his people in the civil rights movement. Sara Kent is the white girl who loves David from the moment she first sees him, and who struggles against his belief that a marriage for them would be wrong in the violent world he has to confront. And the “five smooth stones” are those the biblical David carried against Goliath. By the time this novel comes to its climax of horror, bloodshed, and hope, readers will be convinced that its enduring popularity is fully justified.

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