Synopses & Reviews
When a young man's body is found by the railroad tracks, the murder and its mysterious circumstances threaten the peace and security of a small Florida town. Zora believes she knows who killed Ivory, and she isn?t afraid to tell anyone who?ll listen. Whether Zora is telling the truth or stretching it, she's a riveting storyteller. Her latest tale is especially mesmerizing because it is so chillingly believable: a murderous shape-shifting gator-man half man, half gator prowls the marshes nearby, aching to satisfy his hunger for souls and beautiful voices. And Ivory's voice? When Ivory sang, his voice was as warm as honey and twice as sweet. Zora enlists her best friends, Carrie and Teddy, to help prove her theory. In their search for the truth, they stumble unwittingly into an ugly web of envy and lies, deceit and betrayal. Just as unexpectedly, the three friends become the key that unlocks the mystery and the unlikely saviors of Eatonville itself. Best friend Carrie narrates this coming-of-age story set in the hometown of American author Zora Neale Hurston (1891?1960). Drawing on Hurston's stories, novels, and life, debut novelists Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon create an utterly convincing echo of a literary giant in this, the only project ever to be endorsed by the Zora Neale Hurston Trust that was not written by Hurston herself.
Whether shea (TM)s telling the truth or stretching it, Zora Neale Hurston is a riveting storyteller. Her latest creation is a shape-shifting gator man who lurks in the marshes, waiting to steal human souls. But when boastful Sonny Wrapped loses a wrestling match with an elusive gator named Ghosta and a man is found murdered by the railroad tracks soon aftera young Zoraa (TM)s tales of a mythical evil creature take on an ominous and far more complicated complexion, jeopardizing the peace and security of an entire town and forcing three children to come to terms with the dual-edged power of pretending. Zoraa (TM)s best friend, Carrie, narrates this coming-of-age story set in the Eden-like town of Eatonville, Florida, where justice isn't merely an exercise in retribution, but a testimony to the power of
community, love, and pride. The first in a trilogy fictionalizing the early years of a literary giant, this astonishing novel is the first project ever to be endorsed by the Zora Neale Hurston Trust that was not authored by Hurston herself. It will include an annotated bibliography of the works of Zora Neale Hurston, a short biography of the author, and some background about Eatonville, Florida, Hurstona (TM)s
childhood home and the home of her imagination.
Racial duplicity threatens an idyllic African-American community in the turn-of-the-century South in a dazzling debut--the first in a trilogy--inspired by the early life of Zora Neale Hurston. Includes a short biography of Hurston and an annotated bibliography of her works.