Strange Fruit

Strange Fruit

by Lillian Smith
Strange Fruit

Strange Fruit

by Lillian Smith


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The eighty-year anniversary edition of the once-banned, #1 New York Times–bestselling novel of interracial romance and discrimination in Georgia.

Alice Walker said it best: “The South can hardly be said to recognize itself without this book.” Igniting controversy upon its publication in 1944, Strange Fruit was banned in Boston and Detroit and the US Postal Service refused to send it through the mail until Eleanor Roosevelt intervened—all because of its portrayal of a town divided along racial lines and the forbidden love that dared to cross them . . .

Despite having left Maxwell, Georgia, to attend college, Nonnie Anderson returned to her hometown to work for a prominent white family—and to rejoin the man she had always loved, Tracy Deen.

Tracy, the directionless son of the town’s doctor, has come back from war and is being pressured to finally get his life in order. Across the street, his high school sweetheart desperately waits for a marriage proposal. On the other side of town, Nonnie offers him a safe place to land, asking nothing in return. But now, she’s pregnant.

As a Christian revival inspires the locals to cease their sinful ways, a heady and dangerous mix of passion, religion, and racism takes hold. And when a white man is killed in a Black part of town, the event exposes the evil simmering just below the town’s placid surface—an inferno waiting to erupt . . .

“A very moving book and an extraordinary one.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

Strange Fruit is so wide in its human understanding . . . [its] tragedy becomes the tragedy of anyone who lives in a world in which minorities suffer.” —The Nation

“An absorbing novel, of high literary merit, terrific and tender.” —The Boston Globe

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781504089302
Publisher: Open Road Media
Publication date: 01/02/2024
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 388
Sales rank: 10,809
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Lillian Smith (1897–1966) was the internationally acclaimed author of the controversial novel Strange Fruit, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller and translated into fifteen languages worldwide. In all her writing, Smith was one of the most liberal and outspoken of the white, mid-twentieth–century Southern writers on issues of social and racial injustice. For her persistence in calling for an end to segregation, Smith was often scorned by more moderate Southerners, threatened by arsonists, and denied the critical attention she deserved as an author. She remained an advocate for social justice throughout her life.
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