Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands

Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands

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Here is one of those rare and remarkable debuts that herald the appearance of a major new talent on the literary scene. Inspired by real events, Lay That Trumpet In Our Hands is a wise and luminous story about a northern family, a southern town, and the senseless murder that sparks an extraordinary act of courage.

To this day, my family is in disagreement as to precisely when the nightmare began. For me, it was the morning Daddy and Luther discovered Marvin, beaten, shot, and dying, in the Klan’s stomping grounds off Round Lake Road. My brother Ren disagrees. He points to the small cluster of scars that begin just outside his left eye and trail horizontally across his temple to the top of his ear. Ren claims it started when the men in white robes took the unprecedented step of shooting at two white children. Others say it was when Mr. Thurgood Marshall of the NAACP and Mr. Hoover’s FBI came to town. Mother and Daddy shake their heads. In their minds, the real beginning was much earlier....
The questions, discussion topics, and author biography that follow are intended to enhance your reading of Susan Carol McCarthy’s LAY THAT TRUMPET IN OUR HANDS. We hope they will enrich your experience of this deeply affecting novel.

Baker & Taylor
In 1951, the Ku Klux Klan brutally murders nineteen-year-old Marvin Cully, a crime that transforms the town of Mayflower, Florida, into a battleground as violence erupts across the state and Thurgood Marshall and Harry T. Moore of the NAACP join the Reesa McMahon and her family, owners of a local orange grove, to uncover the killers, in a story based on a real-life crime. A first novel. Reprint.

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In 1951, the brutal murder of nineteen-year-old Marvin Cully transforms the town of Mayflower, Florida, into a battleground as violence erupts across the state and the NAACP joins in the efforts to uncover the killers.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2003, c2002
Edition: Bantam trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780553381030
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCCARTHY
Characteristics: 281 p. ; 21 cm


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