Contributor(s): Davis, Thulani (Author)
ISBN: 0802138314 ISBN-13: 9780802138316
Publisher: Grove Press
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: August 2001 Annotation: In the summer of 1959, 12-year-old Willie Tarrant's father and other adults are worried about integration in Turner, Virginia--how it will affect their children's safety and education. For Willie, it will be just another problem to deal with--like her chores. Willie and her friends are to be sent with the first wave--but then eight college students go into the Woolworth's lunch counter and change everything.
|BISAC Categories: |
- Fiction | Historical - General
|Physical Information: 0.85" H x 5.49" W x 8.28" (0.78 lbs) 297 pages|
- Chronological Period - 1950-1999
- Chronological Period - 1950's
- Cultural Region - Southeast U.S.
- Ethnic Orientation - African American
- Geographic Orientation - Virginia
- Seasonal - Summer
|Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Thulani Davis's 1959 is a powerful, poignant coming-of-age novel that captures a dramatic moment in American history as clearly as a photograph. It's the summer of 1959 and Willie Tarrant of Turner, Virginia, is twelve. Her father and other adults in the town are worried about integration -- how it will affect their children's safety and the quality of their education -- but for Willie it's just another problem she's going to have to deal with, like her chores and beginning to go out with boys. Willie and her friends -- kids from good families with good grades -- are being groomed to be sent in the first wave. Before this can happen, though, eight black college students, wearing suits and fresh haircuts, go into the Woolworth's lunch counter -- changing everything.
In 1959 one of the most talented writers of her generation has written a book that will become a classic of civil rights literature.