Like Trees, Walking: A Novel

Like Trees, Walking: A Novel

by Ravi Howard

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Based on the true story of a modern-day lynching in America, Ravi Howard's widely acclaimed debut novel exposes one of the most tragic chapters in the history of the American South.

On the morning of March 21, 1981, in Mobile, Alabama, nineteen-year-old Michael Donald was found dead, his body badly beaten and hanging from a tree on Herndon Avenue. Brothers Paul and Roy Deacon of the Deacon Memorial Funeral Home are called upon to bury their close friend and classmate, and the experience will leave them forever changed. Along with other residents of their hometown, the Deacon brothers must struggle to understand the circumstances surrounding Donald's murder—the city's first lynching in more than sixty years and a gruesome reminder of racial inequalities in the New South.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062278326
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 415 KB

About the Author

Ravi Howard won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence for his novel Like Trees, Walking. He was also a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. He has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Hurston/Wright Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the New Jersey Council on the Arts. As a sports producer with NFL Films, he won an Emmy for his work on Inside the NFL.

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Like Trees, Walking 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of all the titles placed along the 'new fiction' shelf, this was the most intriguing and foremost reason I read the book. Often I do not stray from literature and perhaps that is reason for my opinion. The writing is good though there are the expected awkward passages of a first novel. Sometimes I felt certain scenes were unnecessary and the detail I desired was rushed in at the last 10 or so pages. The novel begins with a focus on the prime event, and then shifts to Roy's life which is not very exciting or necessarily emotional/psychological/interesting. In fact the shift left me feeling indifferent towards the novel and disinterested in Roy until the very end. I think some of the ends were tied too tightly for the novels finish. The opening and closing sections were by far the best. Overall, a satisfying read.
SiobhanMFallon More than 1 year ago
It's seems impossible a lynching could have occured in my lifetime, in 1981, but it did. Ravi Howard's novel reminds us of our country's dark history, which occured a lot more recently than any of us like to believe. Told from the point of view of a boy entering manhood and working at his father's funeral home, Howard deftly handles the many ties that both strangle and set a person free in a small Alabama town haunted by racial tension.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like Trees, Walking is one of the best novels I've read this year. The story line of the book deals with so much going on today when you look at the Jena 6 issue, etc. What I like most about the book was the love the two brothers had for each other. I can't wait for the next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story tells the rites of passage for two brothers Paul and Roy Deacon. The Deacon family owns the Deacon Memorial Funeral Home. And it is a given that Paul and Roy will go into the family business. But all does not go according to plan. When their childhood friend Michael Donald is found hanging from a tree after being lynched, the lives of both Paul and Roy takes a drastic chagne. You see how they both deal with death, faith, and justice. I enjoyed reading this book. Even though it is fiction, the story is real. I love looking back at history, to see the struggles of our ancestors, and to see if any progress has been made to change all of the injustices that we are still facing. I would highly recommend this book for all to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remembered these particular news events. The vivid descriptions and writing refreshed that memory. It was just like being there during that time period. Even though it is a fictional account this young man has captured that moment for us all.
joanndahl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great story. Good book to pair with Lay that Trumpet in out Hands.
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