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The tale of Billy Lee Turner, a black boy convicted of murdering a white girl in 1930s Mississippi, is a powerful story of racial injustice and a haunting evocation of life in the American South.
Albert French served four years in the Marines as an infantryman. After the service, he taught himself photography and worked as a medical photographer and staff journalist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In 1981 he created Pittsburgh Preview Magazine, which he published until 1988. He has written several novels, including Holly, I Can't Wait on God and Cinder.
This first novel starkly depicts Billy Lee Turner, a black, ten-year-old boy convicted and executed for the stabbing of a young white girl in 1930s Mississippi. (Feb.)
"Billy is a book that will stay with me in my dreams" -- Tim O'Brien "Although I only knew Billy Lee Turner for an all-too-brief 214 pages, I will mourn his death for the rest of my life" -- Claude Brown "I kept trying to think of a writer who has done a better job of capturing clear, powerful and authentic language, the landscape, the people... I kept searching for comparisons and I kept coming up with masters of the art, from Aeschylus to Ernest Gaines" -- David Bradley "He writes in...in the idiom of his characters, which is rhythmic, expressive, ultimately poetic, and brings William Faulkner to mind" * Independent *