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In a 1987 article, Southern Magazine called Madison Jones's A Cry of Absence "the last pure tragedy written by a Southerner." Set in 1957 in a small Tennessee town just awakening to shifting racial and social attitudes, the novel concerns the inevitability of change and the consequences for those who resist it. Hester Cameron Glenn, a proud, well-bred southern aristocrat,In a 1987 article, Southern Magazine called Madison Jones's A Cry of Absence "the last pure tragedy written by a Southerner." Set in 1957 in a small Tennessee town just awakening to shifting racial and social attitudes, the novel concerns the inevitability of change and the consequences for those who resist it. Hester Cameron Glenn, a proud, well-bred southern aristocrat, is the self-appointed guardian of her family's and her community's heritage. When a young black man is chained to a tree and stoned to death, Hester deplores the brutality of the act. Slowly she comes to suspect, and finally to know, who the real murderer is, and she decides what she must do to protect the family honor....

Title : A Cry of Absence
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ISBN : 9780807115794
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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A Cry of Absence Reviews

  • Ginger Stephens
    2018-12-22 11:56

    This book was recommended to me by someone who knew Madison Jones. He said that it was the equivalent of To Kill A Mockingbird. I don't know that I agree with that. This story is much darker than To a Kill A Mockingbird, even though it highlights similar aspects of Southern culture.The reviews called it the last great tragedy written by a Southerner. That seems the best way to describe it. But, if it is supposed to be "cathartic," that is a wrong interpretation. It has a lingering effect that cannot be easily shaken.But, most great books do.I would recommend this book, but readers should be warned that the questions raised are not easily answered.

  • Maureen
    2019-01-11 08:03

    Good writing, the narration is excellent in my opinion, yet, I didn't get attached to any of the characters which made the story seem long. Actually i'm happy that I read it, i think it is a very clever piece of work.

  • Linda
    2019-01-10 09:52

    I felt as though this were longer than it needed to be, and, at times, that it was a little impressed with itself. Great sense of place though: I truly felt as if I were in late 50's Deep South the entire time.

  • Megan
    2019-01-09 08:13

    For Sewanee orientation