Fiction Lane von Herzen Copper Crown

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Copper Crown

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9780452269163: Copper Crown

This powerful tale, rich with cadences of the South, is a dazzling debut novel that has been compared to the works of Alice Walker and Toni Morrison. At its heart is the story of Cass and Allie, two young women -- one white, one black-- sharing a friendship amid the divisive and violent racism of rural 1913 Texas. But when a murder turns the town of Copper Crown into an inferno of lynchings and riots, Cass and Allie make a startling decision -- to strike out on their own in search of a life where a person's heart, not race, is what counts. Lane von Herzen draws upon actual occurrences and family history passed down from her Texan mother and grandmother to spin this moving, courageous tale of racial hatred and the redemptive power of love.

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Lane von Herzen has received literary fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and Yaddo. She graduated from Dartmouth College with her B.A. in English literature and received her MFA from the writers' workshop at University of California, Irvine. Copper Crown was selected for the Discover Great New Writers series by Barnes and Noble and has been taught in Women's Studies courses at universities across the United States.

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Down Marston's hill and through the valley beyond, the wetness collected in the grass in glassy, glittered drops that caught the light of the sky and threw it back like the eyes of wild things. The trees stood up at the roadside with their green yearnings revealed, their stiff fingers chafing under a small wind. On the oleander trees, the blossoms hung in crumpled, pink rags, scattered over the curtains of leaves like a last-minute thought. Everything held a strangeness inside it that made it somehow new -- even my house, with its black-eyed windows and propped-out door, waiting for its homecomings with a wonder that looked like mine.

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