The Tree of Forgetfulness

The Tree of Forgetfulness

By Pam Durban

Louisiana State University Press, Paperback, 9780807149720, 171pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2012


In The Tree of Forgetfulness, writer Pam Durban, winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award, continues her exploration of southern history and memory. This mesmerizing and disquieting novel recovers the largely untold story of a brutal Jim Crow--era triple lynching in Aiken County, South Carolina. Through the interweaving of several characters' voices, Durban produces a complex narrative in which each section reveals a different facet of the event. The Tree of Forgetfulness resurrects a troubled past and explores the individual and collective loyalties that led a community to choose silence over justice.

About the Author
Pam Durban is the author of "The Laughing Place" and "All Set About With Fever Trees". She has received numerous awards including a Whiting Writer's Award. She teaches at Georgia State University, where she is one of the founding editors of" Five Points" "Magazine".