A compelling dual-narrated tale from Jennifer Latham that questions how far we've come with race relations.
Some bodies won't stay buried.
Some stories need to be told.
When 17-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family's property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the present and the past. Nearly 100 years earlier, a misguided violent encounter propels 17-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm.
In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what's right the night Tulsa burns. Through intricately interwoven alternating perspectives, Jennifer Latham's lightning-paced pause-resister brings the Tulsa race riot of 1921 to blazing life and raises important questions about the complex state of US race relations - both yesterday and today.
"Latham presents a fast-paced historical novel brimming with unsparing detail and unshakeable truths about a shameful chapter in American history.... An unflinching, superbly written story about family, friendship, and integrity, set during one of America's deadliest race riots." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)
"Wrapped in a detective tale, this is a thoughtful look at racial issues, an exciting whodunit, and a fascinating glimpse into Tulsa history." (School Library Connection)
"Latham masterfully weaves together the story of two well-off, mixed-race teenagers - Rowan, in the present, and Will, who lived in Tulsa in 1921 - in this fast-paced, tension-filled look at race, privilege, and violence in America.... This timely story gives readers an unflinching look at the problem of racism, both past and present, while simultaneously offering the hope of overcoming that hatred." (Booklist, starred review)