In the idyllic town of Lake Esther, Florida, little is allowed to ripple the surface calm—which is just the way Sheriff Kyle Deluth likes it. But when Deluth "removes" two young children from the local school because of the color of their skin, the sheriff's senseless act of cruelty sparks a fire under the women of Lake Esther that will scorch the lives of all involved. In their pursuit of justice, an indomitable heiress, a revered journalist, and a fading Southern Belle will forge an unlikely alliance across the racial divide. One that will change the face of the town—and their lives—forever.
Deeply moving and peopled with a rich cast of characters, Susan Carol McCarthy mines the hotbed of racism with insight and compassion. Bittersweet, inspirational and wholly compelling, True Fires confirms McCarthy’s reputation as a dazzling new voice in probing real-life events to interpret the injustices of our past.
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|Title of eBook: True Fires|
|Release Date: 12-18-2007|
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|Publisher: Bantam Books|
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Chapter OneOutside the wall of windows, the unrelenting flatness sets Daniel's mind to dreaming, sketching mountains, ridges, and rain gullies in the wasted space between the sparse Bermuda grass and the vast staring-down sky. Suddenly, a flare of light-blazing sun careening off polished car chrome-yanks Daniel's eyes out the open doorway. The light glares in the face of the skinny boy on his left and the girl with the yellow hair in front of him. As the two-toned car comes to a stop in front of the school office, the skinny boy points; the girl gawks. And the two of them whisper, not to Daniel, never to him, "The Sheriff, K. A. DeLuth," their tones at once fearful and reverential.
Haw, Daniel scoffs inside his head, y'all call that a Sheriff in Floridy? Looks like he couldn't tell a still from a smudge pot, and wouldn't bother dirtyin' his boots to try. Up home, Sheriff Jim is Pap's fifth cousin and he's got two stills. One to keep, he says, and one to share, when the revenuers come through, needin' somethin' to bust up. That still's been moved around and busted up more times than anyone can count. Sheriff Jim brags he's got the least still still in Avery County!
Daniel snickers at ol' Jim's familiar joke but stops as the skinny boy and the yellow-haired girl turn on him, their flat eyes hard with disgust.
He's been at this school ten days now, but nonetheless, the depth of their contempt surprises him. The first two days, his fellow fifth graders had seemed entertained, charmed even, by his tales from up home in Pigeon Ridge, North Carolina.
"Pigeon Ridge? You got lots of pigeons up there?" they'd asked.