Nov. 11: What are you reading?

  • Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012 11:13 a.m.
    UPDATED: Monday, November 12, 2012 7:56 a.m.
The Tree of Forgetfulness by Pam Durban
The Tree of Forgetfulness by Pam Durban

“I just finished reading ‘The Tree of Forgetfulness’ by Pam Durban. It’s based on a real act of vigilante justice in this area in 1926.” - Tom Mack

In The Tree of Forgetfulness, writer Pam Durban, winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award, continues her exploration of southern history and memory. This mesmerizing and disquieting novel recovers the largely untold story of a brutal Jim Crow-era triple lynching in Aiken County, South Carolina. Through the interweaving of several characters’ voices, Durban produces a complex narrative in which each section reveals a different facet of the event. The Tree of Forgetfulness resurrects a troubled past and explores the individual and collective loyalties that led a community to choose silence over justice. -

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