Fire in Beulah

Rilla Askew (Author)
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Description

"A haunting, engrossing portrait of two families - one white, one black - whose lives are woven together and then shattered" (The Washington Post) by the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

Oil-boom opulence, fear, hate, and lynchings are the backdrop for this riveting novel, originally published in 2001. Althea Whiteside, an oil-wildcatter's high-strung white wife, and her enigmatic black maid, Graceful, share a complex connection during the tense days of the Oklahoma oil rush. Their juxtaposing stories - and those of others close to them - unfold as tensions mount to a violent climax in the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, during which whites burned the city's prosperous black neighborhood to the ground. The massacre becomes the crucible that melds and tests each of the character in this masterful exploration of the American race story and the ties that bind us irrevocably to one another.

Product Details

Price
$17.00  $15.64
Publisher
Penguin Group
Publish Date
December 31, 2001
Pages
376
Dimensions
5.54 X 8.44 X 0.85 inches | 0.77 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780142000243
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About the Author

Rilla Askew is the author of Strange Business, a collection of stories, and of the novel The Mercy Seat, nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association Award and winner of the Western Heritage Award and the Oklahoma Book Award. She divides her time between the San Bois Mountains of southeastern Oklahoma and upstate New York.

Reviews

"A haunting, engrossing portrait." --The Washington Post

"A tinderbox of a novel."--The Boston Globe

"Poignant."--The Riverfront Times, St. Louis