In the Fall

In the Fall

A Novel

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
An interracial relationship at the end of the Civil War between a Union soldier and a runaway slave initiates a haunting family legacy of war, racism, and secrets that follows three generations from the end of the Civil War to the Great Depression. A first novel. 100,000 first printing. $200,000 ad/promo. BOMC Main. QPB.

Blackwell North Amer
Spanning the post-Civil War era to the edge of the Great Depression, In the Fall is a richly layered rendering of a rapidly evolving America from life on the farm, through the final years of Prohibition and bootlegging, to the advent of modern times. Jeffrey Lent illumines the ineluctable connections that exist between black and white, North and South, past and present, as well as the violent collisions they give rise to. In the Fall is a vision of an American landscape and history, and a portrait of an American family.

Baker
& Taylor

An interracial relationship between a Union soldier from Vermont and a runaway slave at the end of the Civil War initiates a haunting family legacy of war, racism, and secrets that follows three generations from the end of the Civil War to the Great Depression

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 1999
ISBN: 9780871137654
0871137658
Branch Call Number: FICTION LENT
Characteristics: 542 p

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 22, 2014

You'll lose yourself completely in this saga that begins in the momentous era of the U.S. Civil War. Jeffrey Lent has woven a story that reflects the pain and degradation of slavery and the prejudice held against interracial marriages. Choices made echo down through three generations after Norman Pelham, a Union soldier, marries Leah, a former slave from North Carolina. Leah never overcomes the ominous feeling of retribution that lingers after her escape. The decisions she makes to settle her soul continue to disturb her family until her grandson unwittingly stumbles upon the truth and leaves us with some small chance of hope.

kmtompkins71 Mar 03, 2011

Amazing! Wonderfully written!

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