Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Book Tour: Ginny Gall by Charlie Smith

Summary on Goodreads.

Available: Amazon     Indie Bound    B&N

Rating: 4-Stars

"Delvin Walker is just a boy when his mother flees their home in the Red Row section of Chattanooga, accused of killing a white man. Taken in by Cornelius Oliver, proprietor of the town’s leading Negro funeral home, he discovers the art of caring for the aggrieved, the promise of transcendence in the written word, and a rare peace in a hostile world. Yet tragedy visits them near daily, and after a series of devastating events—a lynching, a church burning—Delvin fears being accused of murdering a local white boy and leaves town..." [+ more]

Violence in the Jim Crow South seems like a far away tale... that Charlie Smith nicely brought alive in Ginny Gall. Brutal and honest, I felt as if was living in that period, while at other times I would shake my head and just think "nooo! tsk, tsk, tsk."

In Ginny Gall we follow Delvin from birth to manhood when he is accused of the rape of two white women. Now, the consequences of raping a white woman are very different if: a) the woman is white, and b) the man is black. So basically, the quest for justice for the victims would be different as seen, for example, in A Time to Kill by John Grishan and here in Ginny Gall.

But back to Ginny Gall, here we have a brutal portrait of the south back then. I was both horrified and smitten by the story. This is definitely a book that should be in any African American history collection.

This book tour was bought by TLC Book Tours  

About Charlie Smith:
Charlie Smith, the author of seven novels and seven books of poetry, has won the Aga Khan Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, the Paris Review, Harper’s, the New Republic, the New York Times, the Nation, and many other magazines and journals. Three of his novels have been named New York Times Notable Books. He lives in New York City and Key West.