West of Rehoboth (Paperback)

A Novel

By Alexs D. Pate

Harper Perennial, 9780380800421, 256pp.

Publication Date: August 20, 2002

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Digital Audiobook (6/9/2011)

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Set in the early 1960s, West of Rehoboth is the moving story of twelve-year-old Edward Massey. Each summer, to escape the heat of Philadelphia, Edward's family moves to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The "coloreds only" side of a pristine resort on Rehoboth Beach offers work for his mother and a sandy playground for his sister. But for Edward -- an imaginative, inquisitive boy -- it offers the chance to understand his reclusive, curmudgeonly Uncle Rufus, a man caught in a swirl of hard luck and bad choices.

Forging a tenuous bond, their relationship will take Edward on a harrowing journey through Rufus's past, facing the violence, disappointment, and frustration that shaped his destiny. Award-winning author Alexs Pate tells a mesmerizing story -- of family, of coming of age, of reconciliation -- revealing the extraordinary compassion and healing power of one unforgettable boy.

About the Author

Alexs D. Pate's work has appeared in the Washington Post, Utne Reader, and Artpaper. The author of four novels, he is assistant professor of African American and African studies at the Unversity of Minnesota. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Praise For West of Rehoboth: A Novel

“In this richly detailed masterpiece, Pate’s writing soars.”
— Essence

“Richly conceived . . . Pate’s characters are fully imagined.”
— Publishers Weekly

“Pate creates extraordinarily well-developed characters, and his prose is eloquent and nuanced. A powerful coming-of-age tale.”
— Booklist, starred review

“A profoundly affecting story . . . Pate writes from the heart.”
— Kirkus Reveiws

“A poignant tale . . . A multilayered exploration of love and redemption.”
— Minnesota Monthly

“Reading West of Rehoboth was like being grabbed by hand by an adventurous friend and taken on a memorable expedition.”
— Patty Rice, author of Reinventing the Woman: A Novel