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The Sacred Place | [Daniel Black]

The Sacred Place

Visiting from Chicago, 14-year-old Clement is unfamiliar with the social customs of the tiny town of Money. Striding into a general store, he offends the white store clerk by not placing his nickel in her hand. This seemingly innocuous act leads to a horrific murder and a conflict drawn along racial lines.
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Widely hailed for its historical resonance, Daniel Black's The Sacred Place is a powerful examination of racial tensions in 1955 Mississippi.

Visiting from Chicago, 14-year-old Clement is unfamiliar with the social customs of the tiny town of Money. Striding into a general store, he offends the white store clerk by not placing his nickel in her hand. This seemingly innocuous act leads to a horrific murder and a conflict drawn along racial lines.

©2007 Daniel Omotosho Black; (P)2007 Recorded Books

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    "The Sacred Place--not!"

    I was really anxious to read this book as it has a curious synopsis. I'm very disappointed with the flow of the story and it's lack of credibility given the situation. There was way to much 'reflecting and flashbacks' on insignificant situations and characters. The family seem too relaxed in the face of a missing child and the murder of 3 white men-behaviors too casual for the circumstances. A 14yrs child has been taken and the family sit down to dinner and call a meeting to form "committees"(?) I would expect chaos! And the dialogue of Mr. Rosenthal is trite and ridiculous as he talks to an eyeball. Not to mention the conversation he has with the eyeball about how colored people are miss-treated and his ongoing apology for his college days behavior (which he is speaking to the eyeball of the child but subbing it for the classmate he abused). I was pressed to finish the last 1.5hrs. Disappointing read that could have been a great story

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