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Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316337540
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little Brown and Company - October 18th, 2016

What makes Truevine compelling is not what it tells us, but what it can’t. How did two African American brothers with albinism become separated from their family in 1890s rural Virginia, subsequently touring the country as sideshow performers? Who was their mother, whose defiant courage to find them overcame her position in a deeply segregated society? And who were these two boys, whose illiteracy and mainstream dismissal left behind virtually no trace of their experience in their own words? Beth Macy bravely investigates these mysteries, despite the unknowability at their core, and gives us a story at once harrowing and uplifting.

-Winter Gazette 2016