When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed
The end of slavery is no guarantee of freedom. When Clayton McGhee journeys north with his parents and grandparents in search of a new life, they must build a homestead with their own labour and defend their right to own land from powerful vested interests and deep rooted prejudice. Thirty years later, Clayton is still forced to defend his livelihood and his family's safety from racism and greed. But life is more complex now, as the men of influence in this increasingly mixed community find to their cost. When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed is a riveting adventure story about fathers and sons and the difficult moral choices which resound down the generations as America moves slowly towards freedom and equality after the death of Lincoln.
- Paperback | 450 pages
- 128 x 198 x 27.94mm | 317.51g
- 28 Sep 2014
- Sandstone Press Ltd
- Dingwall, United Kingdom
ENDORSEMENT BY DARIN STRAUSS, AUTHOR OF CHANG AND ENG Bradley Greenburg holds up to the light what may be our keynote American dilemma - the racial tensions that trailed the Civil War - and he turns it into an inventive and thrilling heartbreak. Here is a novel with 20/20 detail vision: it sees every particular of small-town life, business and family, identity and home. Clayton McGhee is one of the signature characters in contemporary historical fiction
About Bradley Greenburg
Bradley Greenburg grew up along the Wabash River in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, just a half mile from an early 18th-century French trading post called Fort Ouiatenon and a few miles from Prophetstown and the Battle of Tippecanoe site. He teaches Renaissance drama and English literature at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Illinois. This is his first novel.