Prince Edward is the profound story of Benjamin Rome, a ten-year-old boy living through the summer and fall of 1959 in Prince Edward County, Virginia. The stage for the massive resistance of local whites against nationwide desegregation, the county is a frightening and passionate place of shifting loyalties and ardent belief. It is here that Ben must learn to navigate not only his adolescence, but the politics of the time through his powerful family. A brilliant melding of historical record and personal experience, Dennis McFarland’s fifth novel is an affirmation of his devastating emotional insight and graceful narrative gifts.
Praise For Prince Edward…
“Deeply affecting...a novel that provides as much fresh insight into the social history of America as it does into the nature of adolescence." --The Christian Science Monitor
"A relief and a boon to those of us still invigorated by an old-fashioned yarn. Devoid of weak metaphors, extraneous adverbs, and the fey posing of much contemporary fiction, [McFarland’s] style is easy and smooth, the descriptions etched in simple language and all the more powerful because of it." --The Boston Sunday Globe
"The year is 1959...and McFarland, whose prose is richly and beautifully detailed, burnishes every facet of that long- gone time and places to a virtually flawless verisimilitude." --The Washington Post Book World
Picador, 9780312421229, 368pp.
Publication Date: May 12, 2005