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Praying for Sheetrock: A Work of Nonfiction Paperback – 29 Aug 2006
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"A fascinating account of the black community's gradual political awakening."
"[Greene] writes with the lyricism of a poet and the skill of a novelist.... A rare reading experience."
"An exciting book about the failures of idealism in America in the last decade and a half.... Poetic and picaresque."
"In a cautionary tale as wonderfully knotty as a plank of Georgia pine, Greene forcefully marks the danger in confusing ideals with those who preach them and thereby extends the import of her story far beyond the boundaries of little McIntosh County."
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It is said that there are two sides to every story; in SHEETROCK, there are significantly more than that to be found. McIntosh County is a prism, and the truth is refracted through every possible angle. Greene tries not to take sides. She offers as much of a journalistic approach as possible, starting with the early 1970s and the corruption in the local government, and ending with the changes in the life of Thurnell Alston, the man who, with others in his community, stood up to the status quo.
At times, Greene's writing approaches the poetic. Her use of language is nothing less than stunning. She evokes the true beauty of this part of the world, and reminds me, even in the bleak passages, why I love it so. Few other authors I've read have been so successful in bringing the environment to mind, even when describing the mosquitos and choking dust on a dry day. Almost anyone can write a beautiful sunset; it's a truly excellent writer who can narrate a lack of plumbing and make it interesting.
PRAYING FOR SHEETROCK may not prove to be interesting to everyone who reads it. Those who have ties to the McIntosh County will get the most out of it, I believe, and others may be bored. As someone who loves Coastal Georgia, and American history, I was fascinated.
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COST: 1c, 3.99 shipping and worth a fortune. Almost all of the people who live in small towns every where are not like we think they are just because we think they are. Travel, through a place and time that is no longer there. I-95 has changed the East Coast, North and South for better and worse, but I love it all for one reason or another. God bless you all, or "y'all" or "youse guys" I know thats not how it's spelled,but to my ears thats how it sounds, one country,many good people.
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