Out of the Night That Covers Me

By Pat Cunningham Devoto (Electronic Book, 2001)
In Bainbridge, Alabama, eight-year-old John Gallatin McMillan III hasbeen the center of his mother's world, cloistered and pampered, untilshe unexpectedly dies. Taken away by his one remaining relative, hismother's sister, John soon learns that the new home awaiting him inLower Peach Tree is a run-down tenant farm in the heart of the AlabamaBlack Belt. There he is thrust into a life alien to anything he has everknown, working long hours in the fields for his violent, alcoholicuncle.

As John fights for his survival, he comes to identify with the strugglesof the poor blacks he encounters and imagines that his salvation lies inescape to Chicago, just as they feel that their own survival depends ongoing north to a new life. Instead, a twist of fate brings him to theBend, a black settlement that has become a refuge for outcasts. HereJohn meets Mama Tuway, a powerful black healer; Ella, a young motherdamaged by the ravages of abuse; and Tuway, a man straddling the blackand white cultures and leading a dangerous double life. But none of them-- or anyone in Lower Peach Tree -- will be ready for the brutalconfrontation between blacks and whi

In Bainbridge, Alabama, eight-year-old John Gallatin McMillan III hasbeen the center of his mother's world, cloistered and pampered, untilshe unexpectedly dies. Taken away by his one remaining relative, hismother's sister, John soon learns that the new home awaiting him inLower Peach Tree is a run-down tenant farm in the heart of the AlabamaBlack Belt. There he is thrust into a life alien to anything he has everknown, working long hours in the fields for his violent, alcoholicuncle.

As John fights for his survival, he comes to identify with the strugglesof the poor blacks he encounters and imagines that his salvation lies inescape to Chicago, just as they feel that their own survival depends ongoing north to a new life. Instead, a twist of fate brings him to theBend, a black settlement that has become a refuge for outcasts. HereJohn meets Mama Tuway, a powerful black healer; Ella, a young motherdamaged by the ravages of abuse; and Tuway, a man straddling the blackand white cultures and leading a dangerous double life. But none of them-- or anyone in Lower Peach Tree -- will be ready for the brutalconfrontation between blacks and whi
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Out of the Night That Covers Me
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Price: $10.99 US/$10.99 CAN
  • ISBN-13: 9780759540590
  • On Sale Date: 01/04/2001
Out of the Night That Covers Me

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Out of the Night That Covers Me