Four Spirits: A Novel

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Harper Collins, 17. mar. 2009 - 560 sider

Weaving together the lives of blacks and whites, racists and civil rights advocates, and the events of peaceful protest and violent repression, Sena Jeter Naslund creates a tapestry of American social transformation at once intimate and epic.

In Birmingham, Alabama, twenty-year-old Stella Silver, an idealistic white college student, is sent reeling off her measured path by events of 1963. Combining political activism with single parenting and night-school teaching, African American Christine Taylor discovers she must heal her own bruised heart to actualize meaningful social change. Inspired by the courage and commitment of the civil rights movement, the child Edmund Powers embodies hope for future change. In this novel of maturation and growth, Naslund makes vital the intersection of spiritual, political, and moral forces that have redefined America.

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Brukerevaluering  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

Stella Silver, at five years old, stands with a gun in her hand. Her father, over her shoulder, teaches her how to pull the trigger. He wants her to know "what happens to a bullet fired" (p 4 ... Les hele vurderingen

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Powerful book, set in Birmingham in the racial-torn 60's. The story is told from several points of view, including white students from Birmingham Southern College, liberal in their hearts but with no ... Les hele vurderingen

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Helicon Alabama
3
Stella
15
Bobby Jones
27
At the Athens
35
At the Bankhead Hotel
54
Fred Shuttlesworth
70
King
77
Christine and Gloria
100
View from Outside
310
Lions Lounging
317
Picassos Bull
327
A Friend of the Body
334
In the Basement
361
Whats the Matter?
377
Answers
384
Lionel Watching
395

After Business Hours
106
At the Gaslight
112
Gloria
129
Susan Spenser Oaks
141
The Face of Christ
152
I Begin Work and Study
172
Box of Moonlight
181
New Work New Life
247
Driving Home
255
Living It Again
274
Afternoon Roses
286
Agness Honeybees
403
Jonathan the Pianist
409
Dear Self
419
Lee
429
Lionel
452
Gloria
460
Joseph CoatofManyColors
467
Jonathan
487
Helicon Homecoming
515
Authors Note
521
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Om forfatteren (2009)

Sena Jeter Naslund is a cofounder and program director of the Spalding University (Louisville) brief-residency MFA in Writing, where she edits The Louisville Review and Fleur-de-Lis Press. A winner of the Harper Lee Award and the Southeastern Library Association Fiction award, she is the author of eight previous works of fiction, including Ahab's Wife, a finalist for the Orange Prize. She recently retired from her position as Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Louisville.

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