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Author(s): Albert French

World fiction

In the small Mississippi town of Banes in 1938, time passes slowly and the town's inhabitants follow the same daily rhythm as they have done for years. The streets are hot and dusty and the old people watch the world go by from their porches. But Banes is a town torn apart by tragedy, divided by racial prejudice and haunted by the tale of Billy-Lee Turner, a ten-year-old boy executed for the murder of a white girl. Spanning four years, this sequel to Albert French's outstanding novel "Billy" focuses on his mother, Cinder, a woman whose beauty has always set her apart. It is a powerful story of heartbreak, community, history, and the ties that bind.


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The outstanding follow-up to Albert French's Billy (which Time magazine said 'may be the best first novel by a black author since Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye in 1969'), Cinder is a tale of racial division in Mississippi, leading up to and during WWII.

Albert French served four years in the Marines as an infantryman and was wounded in Vietnam. After the service, he taught himself photography and worked as a state medical photographer and photojournalist. He has written three novels, Billy, Holly and I Can't Wait on God, and a memoir, Patches of Fire.

General Fields

  • : 9780099273271
  • : 851
  • : 851
  • : 0.188
  • : February 2008
  • : 199mm X 131mm X 17mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Albert French
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : 813.54
  • : 256