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by Sena Jeter Naslund

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  • ISBN 0066212383
  • ISBN13 978-0066212388
  • Language English
  • Author Sena Jeter Naslund
  • Publisher William Morrow; 1st edition (September 2, 2003)
  • Pages 544
  • Formats rtf mbr azw mobi
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory Genre Fiction
  • Size ePub 1180 kb
  • Size Fb2 1949 kb
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 804

From the acclaimed author of the national bestseller Ahab's Wife comes an inspiring, brilliantly rendered new novel of the awakening conscience of the South and of an entire nation.

Written with the same scope and emotional depth as her previous award-winning novel, Four Spirits is set in Sena Jeter Naslund's home city of Birmingham, Alabama, a city that in the 1960s was known as Bombingham. Naslund brings to life this tumultuous time, weaving together the lives of blacks and whites, civil rights advocates and racists, and the events of peaceful protest and violent repression, to create a tapestry of American social transformation.

Stella Silver is an idealistic, young white college student brought up by her genteel, mannered aunts. She first witnesses the events of the freedom movement from a safe distance but, along with her friend Cat Cartwright, is soon drawn into the mounting conflagration. Stella's and Cat's lives are forever altered by their new friendships with other committed freedom fighters.

A student at a black college, Christine Taylor is inspired to action by the examples of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth. She courageously struggles to balance her family responsibilities, education, and work with the passions and dangers of the demonstrations. Her friend Gloria Callahan, a gifted young cellist and descendant of a runaway slave, tries to move beyond her personal shyness and family coziness to enter a wider circle, including blacks and whites, men and women, all involved with the protests. Lionel Parrish, teacher, preacher, and peddler of funeral insurance, battles his own demons of lust and self-preservation, while New York activist Jonathan Green gives up a promising career as a pianist to work for racial justice in the South.

These characters all add their voices to the chorus that makes up this symphony of innocent children and the mythic elderly, the devoutly religious and the skeptical humanist, the wealthy and the poor, the city and the country. Poignant and evocative, rich in historical detail, and filled with the humanity that is the hallmark of Naslund's fiction, Four Spirits is a compelling tale that transcends tragedy and evokes redemptive triumph.

E-Book Extras: Promise of the Past: An Interview with Sena Jeter Naslund. The Facts behind the Fiction: Key Dates in the Civil Rights Movement.

E-Book Extras: Promise of the Past: An Interview with Sena Jeter Naslund. Reading Group Guide: Discussion Points for Four Spirits A Novel by Sena Jeter Naslund.

A winner of the Harper Lee Award and the Southeastern Library Association Fiction award, she is the author of eight previous works of fiction, including Ahab's Wife, a finalist for the Orange Prize.

Sena Jeter Naslund (Author). But for those who can handle the mature themes, Four Spirits is an excellent history lesson, and a story not soon forgotten.

New York Times bestselling author Sena Jeter Naslund's novel, The Fountain of St. James Court; or, Portrait of the Artist. Sena Naslund's 75th birthday is this Wednesday, June 28. Please join us in wishing her the happiest of days. 23 June 2017 ·. Negative Capability Press. Her 1999 novel, Ahab's Wife, and her 2003 novel, Four Spirits, were each named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

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Papa’s place was still empty. Mama was going to look round now. Yes, she did. I saw the whites of her eyes move round, and I closed my eyes loosely, not screwed up tight like I did when I was five. I saw the whites of her eyes move round, and I closed my eyes loosely, not screwed up tight like I did when I was five as brother Alfie asleep? And Sis Margaret Rose and little Willy? Their knees were pulled up and they lay rounded and natural. The quilts were up to their ears. Would my big brother Charles come visit for Christmas? Mama walked barefooted to the fireplace. Her white soles flickered under her feet like she was walking on light.

Four spirits : a novel. by. Naslund, Sena Jeter. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Delaware County District Library (Ohio).

Four Spirits: A Novel. by Sena Jeter Naslund. Four Spirits - Sena Jeter Naslund. Weaving together the lives of blacks and whites, racists and civil rights advocates, and the events of peaceful protest and violent repression, Sena Jeter Naslund creates a tapestry of American social transformation at once intimate and epic. In Birmingham, Alabama, twenty-year-old Stella Silver, an idealistic white college student, is sent reeling off her measured path by events of 1963.

Weaving together the lives of blacks and whites, racists and civil rights advocates, and the events of peaceful protest and violent repression, Sena Jeter Naslund creates a tapestry of American social transformation at once intimate and epic.

Four Spirits: A Novel - ელწიგნი, რომლის ავტორ(ებ)ია: Sena Jeter Naslund. In this novel of maturation and growth, Naslund makes vital the intersection of spiritual, political, and moral forces that have redefined America. აიკითხეთ წიგნი Google Play Books-ის აპის მეშვეობით თქვენს კომპიუტერსა და Android ან iOS მოწყობილობაზე. ამოტვირთეთ ის, რათა შეძლოთ მისი ხაზგარეშე რეჟიმში წაკითხვა, ნაწყვეტების მონიშვნა, წიგნის სანიშნეების გამოყენება ან Four Spirits: A Novel-ის კითხვისას ჩანაწერების გაკეთება. ეტი ავტორისგან Sena Jeter Naslund. Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette.

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Naslund uses her sensuous language to bring alive events surrounding some of the most shameful events in our national history. Her telling of the story of the four little girls bombed to death in a Birmingham church concentrates on those who were there -- those affected by these tragic deaths in many different ways. In short and sparkling chapters Naslund brings these characters to life: Not only those struggling to right the wrongs, but those responsible for committing them. Should you read this book? Yes. If you were not alive during the tumult of the early sixties, you should read this book and think. Yes. If you were alive you should read this book and remember. Always remember. For it is ever true that those of us who do not remember our history will find a way to repeat it.
Naslund, with unimpeachable skill, fictionalizes the horrors, creates recognizeable humans to populate her story, and makes an imperative of remembrance. Naslund's skill is formidable. She is a writer to pay attention to. She knows the human heart in darkness and in light.
His novel is very important to understand how the average John Doe lived during this period of time. Coming from the north and not being quite old enough to remember these events this novel brought that period alive for me
I ordered this book for a book group I attend. It has taken me awhile to get into it, because it is set in a dark time for our nation. But as I read somewhere else that without tears our souls would have no rainbows. I have always had trouble remembering names, so I had to resort to making a list of who is who inside the back cover. It is worth it for the great character development and insight into the time.
This brings back so many memories.
It is So very vivid and intense. Visual and still be beyond my reality that such hatred still walks this upon earth.
Moving, heart wrenching, yet hopeful. This historical fiction captured a time of deep sadness for our country, yet not so long ago, nor so distant in scope. The struggle is real and the struggle continues.
Having lived and grown up in Birmingham, AL during this period of its history, this book was of particular interest to me. Ms. Naslund has captured the flavor, the ectasy, the heartbreak of this time in a very ingenious manner, focusing on the lives of some ten to twelve individual people during this time of turmoil and heartbreak. Her chapters are short, which makes the book more compelling and difficult to put down, and the ending is truly magnificent. Ms. Naslund with her latest book continues to add to her reputation as a tremendously gifted and deeply sensitive writer. It is truly a breathtaking and unforgettable novel.
This is simply one of the most beautiful books I've ever read, and I read a great deal.